Can Certain Medications Cause Varicose Veins?

Can Certain Medications Cause Varicose Veins?

There are a number of instances or situations that cause varicose veins, some of which include: personal genetics, injury, prolonged standing or pregnancy. However, many patients have wondered if there are other forces at play like is their diet or prescription medication responsible for this phenomenon?

The vein specialists of Palm Vein Center have years of experience and have seen how varicose veins affect people. In light of this, our team of West Valley and Laveen vein specialists are sharing what medications, if any, cause or worsen varicose veins.

Because varicose veins are caused by certain behaviors like prolonged standing and/or biochemical processes in your body, there is no evidence prescription or over-the-counter medications cause the condition. Moreover, there is no data or documentation that indicates certain medications can exacerbate varicose veins.

Some blood thinners and anticoagulants (aspirin, fish oil pills, prescription medications, etc.) can help blood flow and reduce a persons’ risk of developing blood clots, but other than that, there really is no medication that negatively impacts varicose veins. Conservative treatment can also help reduce the progression of varicose veins or superficial blood clots. These treatment options include:

  • Exercising 
  • Losing weight
  • Elevating legs frequently
  • Compression stockings
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Dietary supplements

If you have a history of varicose veins, have experienced a trauma, or have had multiple pregnancies, you may want to talk to a physician at Palm Vein Center in the West Valley about prevention and treatment of varicose veins and spider veins (spider veins are also common under these circumstances). Also, talk to a vein specialist at PVC about any oral contraceptives you may be taking or if you’re utilizing hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although there is little evidence regarding the use of these medications and the development of varicose veins, oral contraceptives and HRT can increase your risk of blood clots.

Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!