What is Asclera?
Asclera—pronounced a skler ah, generic name polidocanol—is an injectable prescription medicine used in sclerotherapy. It is used in the treatment of two types of varicose veins: uncomplicated spider veins (diameter ≤ 1 mm) and reticular veins (diameter between 1 and 3 mm).
How does Asclera work?
Asclera is an injectable irritant or sclerosing agent. When injected into a vein, it damages its endothelium or inner lining, causing fibrosis and eventual clotting. The body replaces the clotted blood vessel with tissue over time, which reduces or eliminates its protruding appearance.
How well does it work?
Clinical tests show high rates of satisfaction among patients treated with Asclera injections. At 87%, patients’ degree of satisfaction with Asclera was significantly higher than with either sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS), another common injectable treatment for varicose veins, or a placebo.
How long do Asclera sessions take?
The average sclerotherapy session takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, with multiple Asclera injections per session.
Will the treatment require downtime?
You should plan on about two to three days of downtime. During this time, you will be required to wear support hose or compression stockings continuously and avoid strenuous exercise, hot baths, air travel and sunbathing.
After this period, you will continue to wear support hose during the daytime for two to three more weeks.
Does Asclera have any known side effects?
Yes. Asclera inadvertently injected outside a blood vessel can cause pain and, in rare cases, small burns or ulcers that may lead to scarring.
For these reasons, Asclera injections are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women and people with known polidocanol allergies or acute vein or blood-clotting conditions.
Due to the risk of drug interactions, you must also tell your healthcare provider about any prescription and non-prescription medications or vitamins you are taking.
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