medication for raynaud's

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elcamino
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   Posted 3/6/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I've been taking nifedipine (procardia) for my raynaud's for the past week, and I have to share that this drug works great.  I still get cold and have to dress very warmly (usually in layers), but I do not have any raynaud's attacks while on this med.  Before I was getting 3-5 a day, sometimes more depending on the temperature outside.  My fingertips were always swollen and my fingers were like ice.  I wasn't real thrilled about taking yet another drug, but this one is worth it.
 
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


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 3/6/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey El! Thats great news...I will have to ask me doc about it. Is there any horrible side effects listed on the RX paper? Also any meds that interact with it listed?

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jhmom
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   Posted 3/7/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
That is great news! It's nice to know when a med works well! I have raynaud's but it's not bad enough to require meds, thankfully! Thank you for sharing this great news with us! Take care
Stacie
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DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Folgard OS (B12), Vitamin D-50,000 IU, Darvocet (as needed) and magic mouthwash (for mouth sores)


elcamino
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   Posted 3/10/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

This drug (procardia; generic is called nifedipine) has very few side effects for me so far.  Of course, I'm on a much lower dose than would be required for high blood pressure (what the drug is typically used for).  It does cause some dizziness, but now that seems to be subsiding.  It can also cause water retention.  Oh, I've also noticed some flushing shortly after I take it, but I think the extra color looks very attractive on me :)

I sure hope no one has raynaud's bad enough to take meds, but if you do, I've had great success with this one.

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


kimberlyrenee
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   Posted 11/4/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I also took Nifedipine for Raynaud's and it caused my blood pressure to drop pretty severely... dizziness and partial/full loss of vision every time I stood up. Rheumy reduced my dosage and that helped with the faint spells but then my Raynaud's flared up again. I stopped taking the med completely when it got warm enough outside that my fingers weren't cold all the time.

So... lesser of two evils? Meh.

Anybody else have suggestions on medications for Raynaud's? I'm scared because it's starting to get cold and that makes my fingers so much worse. I'm taking Pentoxifylline (also called Trental) but I don't really know how much it's helping though, been taking it for a year.
23 years old. SLE, Sjogren's, Raynaud's, discoid and pernio lupus

plaquenil (400mg), prednisone (10mg), pentoxifylline (400mg), methotrexate (7cc injection/week), folic acid (2mg), lexapro (20mg), zolpidem (10mg), topimax

supplements: iron, vitamins D and C, omega-3, biotin, green tea

Bsime
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   Posted 11/5/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Check this site for sclerodrema.org on all the various treatments for raynauds.
 
 
I have it as well but it is much less severe than orginally and I am able to function fairly well even in cold weather.
 
Bill
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