Do medications help to treat varicose veins?

Varicose veins medications

Varicose veins appear suddenly and start to develop very quickly. In these moments, many people start to search for information about medications for varicose veins.
In this article we are not going to describe different brand name medicines, but will talk about benefits and therapeutical effects of all venotonic drugs.

pillsPharmacotherapy is of a secondary importance in varicose veins treatment and is aimed primarily at eliminating symptoms of the disease. Nevertheless, it will be wrong to say that taking medications is not effective in comprehensive treatment of varicose veins. For example, it is impossible to do without medications after varicose vein surgery or when a patient suffers from inflammations, pain, venous ulcers.

All phlebologists say that varicose veins medications are efficient only at an early stage of the disease. At the advanced stage all medications can only remove symptoms: heaviness in the legs, pain, cramps, swellings.

Taking venotonic drugs is also aimed at preventing thrombosis, trophic ulcers, eliminating spider veins. Medications can be prescribed together with compression therapy and after sclerotherapy or laser treatment.


  • Appearance of telangiectasia;
  • Constant symptoms: heaviness, cramps, pain in the muscles.
  • Itchiness and night muscle cramps;
  • Dilated subcutaneous veins;
  • Venous edema;
  • Venous insufficiency during pregnancy;
  • Blood circulation disorders in pelvic area;
  • Capillary fragility;
  • Lymphatic drainage disorder;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Trophic changes.

All drugs and medications for varicose veins treatment are prescribed by phlebologists or vascular surgeons. The doctor will determine a dosage and prescribe the course of treatment. Along with the medications creams and gels are often prescribed. The products are absorbed quickly into the skin and relieve pain immediately giving the feeling of freshness and comfort to the legs.

What are the benefits of taking medicines?

Venotonics increase venous and lymphatic tone. Taking venotonic drugs reduce swellings in the legs and cosmetic skin defects. At an early stage of varicosis taking medicine courses can bring the development of the disease down to zero.

Cautions and side effects

Most patients are tolerant to venotonics. Only 5% of them experience rare side effects (insomnia, heaviness in the stomach, dizziness, diarrhea).

Can you take venotonic drugs during pregnancy?

During the first and the second trimester of pregnancy taking venotonics is allowed if the disease develops rapidly. But only after a consultation with your doctor. During pregnancy it is recommended to use creams and salves.

It is not recommended to prescribe venotonic drugs while breastfeeding.

Course of treatment

The drug dosage depends on the formulation. It is recommended to start a higher dose of medicine gradually reducing it. The effective treatment is the one prescribed by a doctor. After physical examination and diagnosis the specialist will choose a medication the most effective in your case.

The course of venotonic treatment lasts for 30 days and should be repeated after six months. Salves and creams are used twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Taking venotonics together with applying cream on affected parts of the skin prevent veins from deflating.

All drugs have contraindications and should be prescribed by a doctor, otherwise, you can provoke the increase of inflammatory processes or simply waste your money.

It is important to understand that in order to achieve the desired effect you should combine medications with other methods of treatment and prevention of varicose veins on the lower limbs. Only a comprehensive treatment can show a positive effect.

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Do medications help to treat varicose veins?