Asclera

Generic Name: Polidocanol

  • What is Asclera?

    Asclera is a medicine used to treat uncomplicated varicose veins called spider veins or reticular veins of your lower extremities. Asclera is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Asclera?

    Asclera can cause allergic reactions that may result in death if not immediately treated. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience rash, difficulty breathing, or lightheadedness. Also, Asclera can cause local injection-site reactions, including irritation, pain, or itching.

    After receiving the Asclera injection, apply compression in the form of a stocking or bandage to reduce your risk of getting blood clots. Walk for 15-20 minutes immediately after the procedure and daily for the next few days. Wear compression stockings or support hose on the treated legs continuously for 2-3 days after treatment of spider veins, for 5-7 days after treatment of reticular veins, and for 2-3 weeks during the daytime. Compression stockings or support hose should be thigh- or knee-high, depending upon the area treated in order to provide adequate coverage.

  • Who should not take Asclera?

    Your doctor will not administer Asclera to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you have acute (sudden) blood clotting disorders.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Asclera?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Asclera. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies or a blood clotting disorder.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.

  • How should I take Asclera?

    Your doctor will administer Asclera to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Asclera?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

    Do not engage in heavy exercise, sunbathing, or long plane flights, or go in hot baths or a sauna for 2-3 days after treatment.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Asclera?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Asclera at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Asclera?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, angioedema (a condition involving swelling of your face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue), asthma, blood clotting problems, changes in your skin color, confusion, dizziness, fever, headache, heart problems, hot flush, injection-site reactions, irregular heartbeat, itching, loss of consciousness, nerve injury, shortness of breath

  • Can I receive Asclera if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Asclera during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Asclera should not be used during pregnancy. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Asclera?

    Asclera should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Asclera?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.