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Can Viagra help cold fingers from Raynaud's?

 

Last updated 1/5/2021 at 4:39pm



DEAR DR. ROACH: I have scleroderma with Raynaud’s phenomenon, and friends and family members have told me that I might get help from Viagra.

Frankly, I hadn’t read or heard that from either my rheumatologists or dermatologists. I already tried a short course of nifedipine over a decade ago (it just gave me a headache), so I just stick with mechanical means to keep my hands warm in winter and, maybe surprisingly to some, in summer. Believe me, air-conditioned grocery stores are torture from April to October. -- M.A.P.

ANSWER: Raynaud’s phenomenon is an excessive response of the blood v...



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