Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Varicose Veins Home Care

Home care for varicose veins includes:

  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Weight loss if you are overweight.
  • Do not stand for long periods.
  • Do not sit with your legs bent for long periods.
  • Elevate your legs as much as possible.
  • Compression stockings:
    • Use support hose when standing.
  • Exercise your legs as much as possible.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Varicose Veins Pain and Inflammation

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with varicose veins include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Varicose Veins Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have varicose veins and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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