Can Prescription Medications Affect Varicose Vein Treatment?

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First and foremost, it is very important to state that you should ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check with the doctor who will be performing your varicose vein treatment on whether or not your prescription medications need to be temporarily modified or halted before and or after your procedure. Although internet research can be quite informative, you should never rely on the information you find online as the final word on the subject, including this article. So often, people visit online boards and ask questions like, “Will my XYZ medication affect my varicose vein treatment?” or “Should I stop taking my XYZ medication before I go in for varicose vein treatment?” Invariably, when an actual doctor answers these sorts of questions, he or she states that the person should check with their own doctor. The best answer to questions like these may not be a generic “one size fits all” answer and may depend on the specific unique circumstances for an individual person.

Okay, having said the above, let’s explore some of the medications that are known to sometimes be an issue with varicose vein treatment. In some cases, your doctor may ask you to temporarily stop taking prescription blood thinners (anticoagulants) like Coumadin (warfarin), Plavix (clopidogrel), Clexane (enoxaparin sodium), and Hemochron (heparin) for a certain amount of time before (usually for seven days) and or after a varicose vein treatment like EVLT or sclerotherapy. This is because of a slightly increased risk of developing a hematoma during the procedure. However, in some cases, your vein doctor may decide that for you specifically, going off these medications may pose a higher risk than halting them temporarily.

In some cases, vein doctors will advise against taking any type of sedative before you have the procedure unless it is administered in their office right before the procedure. This may include an ongoing prescription medication you take for a mental health issue like anxiety. Further, if you take some types of antibiotics before sclerotherapy, such as tetracycline or minocycline, this may cause a darkening or blotching of your skin! So, bottom line, be sure to tell your vein doctor about ALL your medications! Don’t leave anything out.

You may also be instructed by your doctor to halt taking over the counter like aspirin, Motrin (ibuprofen), Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen) and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Other anti-inflammatory medications, like Celebrex or Mobic, may also be halted temporarily. If your doctor instructs this, be sure you are 100% clear on exactly when to go off the medication and when to go back on the medication. Please also note that some natural “supplements” may contain something that you should not be taking right before your varicose vein treatment. Even a multi-vitamin with minerals may contain too much iron for example. This also includes any supplements you may be taking to improve your vein health such as high doses of flavonoids, horse chestnut, ginger, turmeric, pine bark, and even B-complex vitamins. All of this should be run by your doctor BEFORE your varicose vein treatment.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry! You should take ALL of your medication and supplement bottles and packages, including the full labels, to your doctor to review before your varicose vein treatment. This is much better than simply giving your doctor a list where a mistake is more likely and or they don’t have enough information to go on. For example, your doctor may need to see the exact dosage on a prescription medication, and on supplement packages, they may need to read the full ingredient list so they can do some research if necessary to ensure your safety! Doctors have access to special databases that help them check for potential problems with medications and supplements.

If you have additional questions about medications and varicose vein treatment, you can ask the vein doctors at Metro Vein Centers when you go in for a free evaluation of your veins. Whether or not you can see varicose veins on your body, you can still get checked out with a duplex ultrasound scan at Metro Vein Centers to determine if you may have hidden varicose veins and related issues like blood clots and damaged vein valves. Some people get evaluated if their parents or other people in their family have varicose veins. This is because varicose veins are a dominant trait and tend to run in families. People also get evaluated for varicose vein treatment if they have the telltale symptoms like edema (swelling), achiness in the legs, skin rashes on the legs, and cramps.

The following contained sponsored guest content.  It is not medical advice from this outlet (Jenn Unplugged).  Please consult a medical professional should you have any questions.

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