April 26


Supplements & Medications for Vein Disease

By Dr. Jose Almeida

April 26, 2021

Are There Medications to Take or Prevent or Remedy Vein Disease?

Vein diseases include spider veins, varicose veins, and venous insufficiency. Vein diseases begin due to the failure of the valves in the veins, which then causes stretching of the veins, pooling of blood, and reduced circulation.

There are various causes of vein disease, such as:
  • genetics
  • obesity
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • pregnancy

Although there are no medications to prevent vein disease, there are medications that can treat the symptoms of heaviness, cramping, and swelling, as well as try to improve circulation. These medications include pharmaceuticals and supplements, which include vitamins and herbs. Exercise is also a way to help prevent some forms of vein disease.

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Pharmaceuticals to Provide Relief from Vein Disease

The pharmaceutical medications that may provide relief from vein disease are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and aspirin. Both can provide relief of symptoms of swelling and pain. In addition to pain control, they can also both provide blood thinning properties, particularly aspirin, which can help to reduce the presence of blood clots. 

Video: Exercise to Prevent Varicose Veins

Vitamins to Provide Relief from Vein Disease

Vitamins are routinely ingested in the diet, but can also be supplemented in the form of a pill or tablet. Vitamins B, C, and E are all important for circulatory health.

  • Vitamin B, specifically vitamin B3, or Niacin, supports improvements in circulation and is found in high amounts in bananas, brown rice, tuna, and turkey. 
  • Vitamin C can increase collagen and improve cell damage due to the antioxidants it possesses, which is found in oranges, lemons, and tomatoes. 
  • Vitamin E can improve circulation and reduce platelets from sticking together and is found in kiwki, broccoli, and spinach.
  • Flavonoids are not vitamins, but enhance the effect of Vitamin C, which are found in berries, apples, and citrus fruits.
  • Diosmin is a supplement that contains these powerful flavonoids to provide anti-inflammatory effect and improvement in circulation.

Vitamins to Provide Relief from Vein Disease

Herbs are not routinely ingested through the diet, but are supplemented from taking pills, tablets, or teas. The plants that the herbs are extracted are known to have ingredients with anti-inflammatory and/or improvements in circulation.

Herbs that may provide these benefits:
  • Butcher’s broom
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Horse chestnut extract
  • Cayenne
  • Chromium
  • Grape seed extract

Using Caution with Medicines, Vitamins & Herbs for Vein Disease

Caution should be taken when using any pharmaceuticals, vitamins, or herbs, as interactions may exist between these and your current medications and/or medical problems. Remember, there are no medications that can truly prevent vein disease, but some may help to delay symptom onset or treat the symptoms of vein disease.

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Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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