What Is Polidocanol Used For?

How Does It Work?

Polidocanol belongs to a class of medications known as "sclerosing agents." It works by damaging the endothelium, the inside lining of blood vessels. This causes blood platelets to attach to the lining of the vessels; eventually, cellular debris and platelets cause the blood vessel to clot and be replaced by scar tissue. The vein will gradually fade over time.

Can Children Use Polidocanol?

Polidocanol is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. This makes sense, since spider veins and reticular veins are uncommon in children.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than spider veins or reticular veins (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for polidocanol.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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