- It is used to treat varicose veins.
- If you have an allergy to polidocanol or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have blood clots.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- You may need to avoid things like sunbathing, hot baths, and saunas. Talk with your doctor.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have happened during infusion of this drug. You will be watched closely during and after the infusion. Tell your doctor right away if you have a cough, skin redness, tightness in the throat, itching, flushing, blue skin, very bad dizziness or passing out, rash, shortness of breath, chest pain, upset stomach or throwing up, or stomach pain during the infusion.
- Blood clots have happened with this drug. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a blood clot. Talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Coughing up blood.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Shortness of breath.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- This drug may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- It is given as a shot into a vein.
- After treatment, keep bandages dry and in place for as long as you have been told by the doctor.
- After treatment, you will need to wear compression stockings on the treated legs and walk around every day for some time. You will also need to avoid heavy exercise and avoid long amounts of time not doing anything for some time. Closely follow what the doctor has told you.
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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