Varithena

Varithena®
Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) is the only FDA-approved foam treatment for varicose veins in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system of the leg. Varithena® has been proven to:
Improve the 5 symptoms patients consider most important (HASTI™ Symptoms):
Heaviness
Achiness
Swelling
Throbbing
Itching
Improve vein appearance
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.

Minimally invasive, nonsurgical
Treatment with Varithena® does not require any incisions or general anesthesia. It usually takes the doctor less than an hour to administer Varithena®. Patients may resume some activities the same day but should avoid heavy exercise for one week.

Types of veins treated
Varithena® treats a wide range of varicose veins in the GSV system, including:
Tortuous (twisted) veins
Veins above and below the knee
Veins with small, medium, and large diameters
Veins previously treated with other methods
Varithena® does not treat all forms of varicose veins. Please talk with your doctor to see if Varithena® may be right for you.

How Varithena® works
The doctor administers a small amount of Varithena® through a catheter or by direct injection into the malfunctioning vein
The Varithena® microfoam fills and treats the desired section of the vein
The diseased vein collapses and the microfoam is deactivated
When the malfunctioning vein collapses, blood flow shifts to healthier veins nearby

Potential side effects
The most common side effects seen with Varithena® are leg pain or discomfort, injection site bruising or pain, and potentially serious blood clots in the leg veins. These are not all of the possible side effects of Varithena®. See Important Safety Information.

INDICATIONS
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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
You should not be treated with Varithena® if you are allergic to polidocanol or have clots in your blood vessels.
Severe allergic reactions have been reported in people treated with liquid forms of polidocanol and some patients have died from these reactions. Varithena® is a foam made from polidocanol. A healthcare professional will observe you for signs of allergic reactions for at least 10 minutes after you are treated with Varithena®.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you
have arterial disease (a disease of the blood vessels)
have reduced mobility
have a history of blood clots in the veins or lungs
have had major surgery in the past 3 months
have recently had a long hospital stay
are pregnant or have recently been pregnant
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