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FDA approved sclerosant for Spider Veins- Few facts to know

FDA approved sclerosant for Spider Veins- Few facts to know

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Why using an FDA approved sclerosant for Spider Veins Treatment is so Important.


While spider vein treatment may be offered by a number of doctors in various medical clinics, it is important to know what treatments are effective and more importantly which treatments are safe.  The most common treatment for spider veins is known as Sclerotherapy, using a solution scerlosing agent that essentially dissolves the damaged veins back into the blood stream.  Although Sclerotherapy is widely practiced, some physicians do not use FDA approved solutions which can potentially be dangerous.

FDA approved Sclerosant vs Compounding Pharmacy Sclerosant.

In order for a drug or medical solution to be approved for consumer use, it must first be federally approved by the FDA. During the approval process, the FDA conducts extensive tests to determine the appropriate strength and purity of each drug and requires that these drugs be manufactured in a pre-approved facility.  For instance, Sotradecol® (Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate Injection) was cleared for use in the United States by the FDA in 2004.  

However, there are pharmacies that sometimes produce their own medical compounds that do not meet FDA standards.  While these pharmacies may use similar active ingredients found in sclerosants like Sotradecol®, these solutions have never been tested for their purity or strength, and if applied by a physician lacking the proper training and certifications to provide such treatment can create serious side effects.

Some of these side effects can include: If the sclerosant is too weak, endothelial - tissue that surrounds various organs in your body - damage can occur to other veins.  On the other hand, if the solution is too strong, it may cause hyper pigmentation (skin discoloration) or even ulcerations to occur.  Thus, it is extremely important to find a physician who not only uses FDA approved sclerosants, but also has been certified to treat your spider veins by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). 

Our Philosophy. Find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.

At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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