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elcamino
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 2/26/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  I was recently prescribed nifedripine for my raynaud's.  do any of you have any experience with this drug?  My rheumy said it can cause dizziness, but he prescribed me the lowest possible dose, so hopefully that won't be an issue.  If you've take this drug, did it really help the raynaud's?
 
Thanks much!
 
El
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex


aloha55
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 3/15/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi elcamino-
I have had Reynauds since around 1995 but wasn't put on meds until it became so severe I had blisters on the ends of every finger and toe (they used to call them chillblains). I was finally put on Nifedipine and it has been AMAZING! I've been on it for about 2 years now and very rarely even know I have Reynauds anymore. I never did notice any side effects other than I was tired at first as it lowers your blood pressure. I got used to that rather quickly. I'm on 30mg. once daily (taking the extended release one). Hope it helps you as much as it does me! And don't forget your gloves even with the meds! =)

Aloha55
Dx:Reynauds 1995, Hashimotos 2007, Discoid Lupus 2008
Rx:Plaquinil, Nifedipine, Wellbutrin


omega
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 607
   Posted 3/15/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on Nifedipine long time ago for my Raynauld, but I didn't see much of a difference. My fingers are still turning color. I now did not take anything for raynaud. I found that keeping my hands and body warm is the best way to prevent it. Gloves are a must. I don't drink cold stuff, including cold water, during the winter.
DX SLE 1988; APS (Antiphospholipid Syndrome) Pred 10mg, Verapmil 40 mg bd (for migraine headaches), Cellcept 1000 mg;Omerprazole 40 mg; Warfarin; Calcium + Vitamin D 1200mg, Folic Acid 5 mg; Iron; Simvastin; Oxycontine 10mg; pregablin 150mg


elcamino
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 1744
   Posted 3/16/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for your replies.  So far, the nifedipine has been a wonderful drug.  My fingers still get cold, but they don't change colors, my fingertips do not swell, nor are they sore. Before this drug, my fingertips would get so sore and tender that I couldn't stand to touch them.  I never got any ulcers or anything, but between being cold and sore, they were pretty useless.

I'm not taking the extended release yet, but rheumy offered it.  He just wanted me to try it to see if I like it.  I do--very much.  Plus, I figure I'll get a headstart on keeping my blood pressure down.  I don't have high blood pressure, and since I'm taking a blood pressure drug, I'm pretty sure high blood pressure won't be a problem, ever :0

 

Elcamino


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex,Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan, zyrtec, zegerid, aciphex

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