Varicose veins are a common disease

Here you will find answers to your questions on varicose veins

Frequently asked questions

Are vein tablets useful for varicose veins?

Medicinal products (medicines) known as oedema-protective agents can be taken in the form of tablets to relieve the symptoms of vein problems.

With varicose disease, the vein walls become more permeable to components of the blood. As a result, fluid collects in the tissues – this is called oedema. Oedema-protective agents reduce the pathological (abnormal) permeability of the vein wall and thus counteract fluid accumulation. These tablets are most effective when the medicine is taken as a prophylaxis, i.e. before oedema develops.

Oedema-protective agents may also relieve symptoms such as swelling of the ankles and a feeling of tension or heaviness in the legs. So yes, these medicines may be useful if you have varicose veins or any of the previously mentioned symptoms occurring before any varicose veins are visible.

Troxerutin (e.g. Troxeven® in Germany) is a mild medicinal product traditionally used for this purpose. In general, the use of an oedema-protective agent supports but cannot and should not replace professional medical treatment from a doctor. Troxerutin is safe and can be used for long periods. Indeed, it is important to take it long enough, as the chronic course of most vein disease requires such products to be taken regularly if treatment is to be successful. How long you go on taking the medicine depends on how the condition progresses and what symptoms you have.