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Viagra used to treat Raynaud's Phenomenon

November 10th, 2005

Viagra used to treat Raynaud's Phenomenon

Cold Hands

Raynaudís phenomenon may have a new treatment option for improving circulation in affected patients.  Viagra (sildenafil) was found to help the ulcers in their fingers and toes and started a healing process.

First reported in the November issue of Circulation Journal of the American Heart Association, this treatment with Viagra has promising hope for a treatment for people with microcirculatory disorders.

A study of 18 patients with Raynaudís phenomenon was conducted by Dr. Roland Fries and colleagues from Gothard-Schettler-Klinik in Bad Schonborn, Germany.   After two other medications failed to help this condition they gave 50 mg of Viagra twice a day for a 4 week period of time.  

 

The circulation in the hands and feet improved.  In addition to the better circulation the ulcers started to heal, two of the 6 patients healed completely.  After the Viagra was stopped however the ulcerations came back. 

Raynaud's phenomenon is a circulation disorder which changes the way that blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose work. It can be secondary to other conditions such as scleroderma or lupus.  The secondary version is usually more threatening causing skin ulcers, gangrene in the fingers or toes.  Attacks of cold hands that usually turn color are usually brought on through extreme cold or by stress. The attack can last from minutes to hours.

 
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