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How effective is ibuprofen gel as a vein treatment?

I've heard that not only is ibuprofen gel a good way to reduce the pain of varicose veins, but that it can also reduce their appearance. How effective is ibuprofen gel as a varicose vein treatment? How does it work?


Doctors Answers (8)

I have not seen any good results from ibuprofen gel. It is possible you may get some pain relief.

Ibuprofen helps with inflammation and soreness, but will not treat or improve the varicose veins. Other highly effective treatments are available.

I have not heard of ibuprofen used for this purpose, nor have I seen any such topic published in medical journals, which leads me to believe it will not work for veins.

It may help pain, but has not been shown to decrease appearance.

Ibuprofen taken internally, if varicose veins are inflammed or thrombosed, is very effective. Typically 2-3 times a day for 7-10 days. This will relieve discomfort and decrease the inflammation. There are no studies supporting topical ibuprofen gel as a treatment. Varicose veins are usually a sign of deeper vein insufficiency (not the deep vein), and nothing applied topically will penetrate beyond the upper layers of the skin.

It is not effective in resolving vein issues in our experience.

Ibuprofen is for the pain only.

Ibuprofen gel is effective for topical pain relief as a vein treatment. However, it does not help in any way the veins themselves, just the pain they cause.

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