Peripheral Vascular Disease (cont.)
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What medications are included in the treatment guidelines for peripheral vascular disease?
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Whether medication is a good choice for you depends on the underlying cause of your peripheral vascular disease. Medications used to treat peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication include those that aim to lower the risk and progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body, such as those to help stop smoking, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and optimize the blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Two medications have been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for direct treatment of the symptom of intermittent claudication.
Sudden blockage of an artery by a blood clot (thrombus) has been treated with medication for many years. Choices include antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants, and "clot-busters" (thrombolytics).
The most effective medications are those that help prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis.
Beta-blockers were not recommended in the past for treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) because it was believed they would worsen intermittent claudication. However, more recent reviews have concluded they are safe for use in patients with PAD, except in the most severe of cases and in those with Raynaud's phenomenon.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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