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Morrhuate (Into a vein)

Morrhuate Sodium (MOR-ue-ate SOE-dee-um)

Treats primary varicosed (abnormally swollen) veins.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not be given this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to morrhuate (Scleromate®) or cod liver oil. You should not be given this medicine if you have artery disease, of if you have severe deep vein problems. You should not be given this medicine if your varicose veins are caused by tumors in your abdomen or pelvis. You should not be given this medicine if you have untreated diabetes, or if you have thyrotoxicosis (overactive thyroid). You should not be given this medicine if you have tuberculosis, or if you have asthma. You should not be given this medicine if you have a blood disorder or severe blood infection (sepsis). You should not be given this medicine if you have lung disease or skin disease, or if you have acute superficial thrombophlebitis (blood clot).

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine. Right after you receive the shot, your vein will become hard and swollen in the area where the shot was given. The vein will remain hard and a little tender to the touch for 24 hours (1 day). The skin around the area where the shot was given may become light-bronze in color.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have any infections (including infected ulcers).
  • You may feel achy and stiff for about 2 days (48 hours) after you receive this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Burning feeling or muscle cramping where the shot was given.
  • Chest pain, cough, difficulty breathing.
  • Feeling unusually drowsy or dizzy.
  • Skin redness, or rash.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 5/1/2020

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