What is Varithena?
Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a prescription medicine used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the great saphenous vein (GSV) and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system. Varithena improves symptoms related to or caused by varicose veins, and the appearance of varicose veins. Varithena is administered by the doctor into the malfunctioning veins. The minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment doesn’t require incisions. The doctor usually numbs the injection site, but no additional anesthesia is required.
What results might I expect with Varithena?
In clinical trials, Varithena reduced patients’ varicose vein symptoms including heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching. Varithena also improved vein appearance in assessments by both patients and doctors.
How does Varithena work?
Varithena is administered through a catheter or by direct injection into your malfunctioning vein. The foam fills the desired section of the vein, and the diseased vein collapses. Blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby.
How long does treatment with Varithena take?
It usually takes less than an hour to administer Varithena, and patients go home the same day.
Are there side effects to treatment with Varithena?
The most common side effect seen with Varithena is leg pain or discomfort. In the majority of cases, leg pain stops within one week. The other most common side effects are injection site bruising or pain, and possible blood clots in the leg veins.
How many treatments might I need?
You may see results with as little as one varicose vein treatment, depending on the number and size of your veins. Additional treatment may be necessary if the size and extent of the veins to be treated require more than the maximum dose of Varithena per session.
How soon can I get back to normal activities?
You may resume some activities the same day as treatment. You will need to keep your post-treatment bandages dry and in place for 48 hours and then wear compression stockings on your treated leg for 2 weeks.
You should avoid heavy exercise for one week. For a month, you should walk at least 10 minutes a day and avoid long periods of inactivity.