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What chemicals are used for varicose vein injections?

What chemical are used for varicose vein injections? I like to use products that don't harm the environment and don't harm my body. Are there injections with natural ingredients I can get?


Doctors Answers (1)

The two primary sclerotherapy agents used in the United States, Canada, and Europe are Sotradecol and Polidocanol, which are chemically very similar to each other. They are both sterile detergents (soap) that are non-toxic and very dilute. After injection these agents act to remove a short segment of the inside lining of the vein (called the endothelium) which allows the vein to close and eventually be reabsorbed by the body. Following the sclerotherapy, if the vein reopens anytime over the next month, then blood flow will quickly restore the inside lining of the vein and the treatment will not have closed the vein. This is why it is recommended that you wear compression hose and stay out of baths, hot tubs and saunas following the treatment for 2-6 weeks depending on the size and extent of veins treated. These agents are safe for the patient and for the environment.

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