Raynaud Phenomenon (cont.)
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What Are Treatment Options for Raynaud's Phenomenon?
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Treatment is primarily aimed toward education and prevention. Information about avoiding cold or stress may be given, as well as more information about how to stop smoking. However, in some cases, the disease may progress to the point where medication may be required to help relieve symptoms.
What Medications Treat Raynaud's Phenomenon?
Medications that widen blood vessels (vasodilators) help relax and widen the walls of the arteries; this can increase blood to the hands and feet. The following drugs have been used when an inadequate response to preventive treatment occurs. The calcium channel blockers, in particular nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia XL), are the most widely studied drugs for Raynaud's phenomenon and are considered to be the drug of choice if drug treatment is warranted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2016
Steven S. Bhimji, MD, MSc, PhD
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