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Diseases & Conditions

Raynaud's Disease

Raynaud’s disease is a condition in which the arteries that send blood to the skin suddenly constrict or vasospasm. This reduces circulation to the affected area. Raynaud’s most often occurs in women and individuals living in cold climates. The condition is not typically disabling, but it can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

Symptoms

Raynaud’s typically affects the toes and fingers, but it can also affect the lips, nose, ears, and nipples. An episode of vasospasm typically causes the skin to turn white and then blue. The affected area may feel numb and cold to the touch. As blood starts to return to the area, the skin may turn bright red and begin to tingle, throb, and swell. It can take up to 15 minutes for the flow of blood to return to normal in the affected area.

Causes

A Raynaud’s attack is often triggered by exposure to the cold or emotional stress. In most cases, the condition is not connected to an underlying medical condition that could trigger vasospasm. Although not as common, Raynaud’s disease may be a secondary condition resulting from connective tissue diseases, other diseases of the arteries, carpal tunnel syndrome, or even certain medications.

Treatment for Raynaud’s Disease

Treatment of this condition varies depending on the severity and the presence of any primary health conditions. The goal of treatment is to improve the patient’s quality of life by reducing the frequency and severity of attacks, preventing tissue damage, and treating any contributing health conditions.
Our pharmacy offers medications that may help treat the symptoms of Raynaud’s by widening blood vessels and increasing circulation. Calcium channel blockers, such as nifedipine, can help open and relax the blood vessels in the feet and hands. A variety of vasodilating drugs commonly used to treat other conditions, including high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction, may also relieve Raynaud’s symptoms in some patients.

Medications to Treat Raynaud’s Disease

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Cardizem
  • Procardia
  • Cardura
  • Norvasc
  • Nitro-Bid

Compounded Medications:
We can make gels, lotions, creams, capsules and suspensions of the following:

  • Nitric Oxide
  • Sodium Nitrite
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Nifedipine
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