About Varithena®

View the video below to learn about varicose veins and the benefits of Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) in treating varicose veins in the great saphenous vein (GSV) system. The video explains how the minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment can result in improved symptoms and improved vein appearance.


About Varithena® (polidocanol injectable foam) 1% Foam Treatment


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Varicose Vein Treatment

The Benefits of Varithena®

(polidocanol injectable foam) 1%

Varicose veins are a common condition affecting many men and women just like you.

Certain risk factors could put you at increased risk for varicose veins, including family history, aging, being overweight or obese, pregnancy, or prolonged standing as part of your job.

To understand how varicose veins form, it’s important to learn how veins function first.

The veins in the legs pump blood back to the heart.

Inside these veins are small valves. These valves work against gravity to keep blood flowing back to the heart.

Varicose veins occur when the valves become weaker, causing blood to back up and make the veins swell.

One of the most commonly impacted vein systems is found in the leg—the great saphenous vein, or GSV system.

The GSV is not visible beneath the skin, but often when the veins in the GSV system malfunction, those close to the surface of the skin bulge and are visible.

These problems with the GSV system may not only be unsightly, they may also cause uncomfortable symptoms such as heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching.

But the discomfort caused by varicose veins can be alleviated. There is a simple, nonsurgical solution that takes less than 1 hour.

Varithena is the only FDA-approved foam treatment used to treat varicose veins caused by problems with the GSV and other related veins in the leg’s GSV system.

In clinical studies, the majority of patients treated with Varithena experienced improvements in symptoms: heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing, and itching.

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.

Also in the clinical studies, the majority of patients experienced improvement in vein appearance in assessments by both patients and doctors.

These are the results after just 1 treatment with Varithena. The number of treatments required depends on the number and size of the veins that need to be treated.

You should not be treated with Varithena if you are allergic to polidocanol or have clots in your blood vessels.

Varithena is not thermal ablation and does not require multiple injections to numb the treatment site as with tumescent anesthesia.

The administration of Varithena is minimally invasive: There are no incisions, sedation, or general anesthesia required.

Patients can even go back to doing some activities the very same day as treatment, and the entire procedure should take less than an hour.

When treating with Varithena, the doctor numbs the injection site before administering a small amount of Varithena microfoam through a catheter or direct injection into the malfunctioning vein.

The Varithena microfoam fills the desired section of the vein and treats the vein wall. This causes the diseased vein to collapse.

Blood flow isredirected to healthier nearby veins. The microfoam then disperses as it comes into contact with blood in healthy veins.

The physician then uses the same process to treat any additional veins that require treatment.

A single treatment session may be all that’s required, or it may take more. Your doctor will determine the number of treatments needed based on the number and size of the veins being treated.

You will need to follow postprocedure care instructions provided by your doctor.

Compression stockings and bandages will need to be worn for a period of two weeks to support proper healing.

Some activities can be resumed the very same day, but heavy exercise should be avoided for at least 1 week.

Varithena is a prescription medication, so it’s important to be aware of any possible side effects.

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 microfoam that contains polidocanol. A healthcare professional will observe you for signs of allergic reactions for at least 10 minutes after you are treated with Varithena.

Minimally invasive and proven effective at improving the symptoms and appearance of varicose veins: These are some of the benefits of Varithena.

Be sure to talk to your doctor to see if Varithena is the right choice for you.

Thank you for watching.
 
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.
 

Varithena microfoam fills and treats the desired section of the malfunctioning vein.

Varithena treats a range of vein anatomies and diameters*

Varithena can treat a range of veins, including tortuous (twisted) veins and veins above and below the knee.

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

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®. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You can also report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. Varithena® is administered by your doctor. Doctors using Varithena® must be experienced in vein procedures and trained in using Varithena®.

See Full Prescribing Information for Varithena®.

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