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Brand Names: Sotradecol

Generic Name: sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Pronunciation: SOO dee um TET ra DES il SUL fate)

What is sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol)?

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is a sclerosing (skler-OH-sing) agent. It works by increasing the formation of blood clots and scar tissue inside certain types of veins. This helps decrease dilation of enlarged veins.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is used to treat small uncomplicated varicose veins in the legs.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate is not a cure for varicose veins and the effects of this medication may not be permanent.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; sneezing, runny nose, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pain or swelling in one or both legs;
  • chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate; or
  • pain, itching, peeling, skin sores, or skin changes where the medicine was injected.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild headache;
  • nausea, vomiting; or
  • discolored skin along the treated vein (may be permanent).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol)?

You should not be treated with sodium tetradecyl sulfate if you are allergic to it, if you are bedridden due to serious illness, or if you have a serious blood clot or a clotting disorder, allergies, cancer, severe blood infection, or any untreated or uncontrolled disease such as diabetes, overactive thyroid, tuberculosis, asthma, a blood cell disorder, or skin disease.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate should not be used to treat varicose veins that are caused by a tumor in your stomach or pelvis area, unless the tumor has been surgically removed.

You will be watched closely for several hours after your injection, to make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Tell your caregivers if you feel any burning, pain, or swelling around the IV needle when the medicine is injected.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as pain or swelling in one or both legs, chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, or skin changes where the medicine was injected.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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