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    I am 66 years old.  I have had “cold hands” for as long as I can remember.  At least since I was 16 years old.

    Last winter while skiing, it was a particularly cold night and I had a hard time keeping my hands warm.  Most of the night I made one or two runs and went into the lodge and put my hands under the hand dryer.  That night, driving home, I couldn’t get my hands warm.  I held them over the heater vents for almost an hour.  It was like they were warm on the surface but cold inside.

    Since then my hands are a lot more sensitive to the cold.  If I hold a canned drink my fingers react.

    I was at the doctor’s and the Physicians Assistant felt my hands and wrote a prescription for Amlodinine 5mg.  She said take half a pill each day.

    I asked her if I had to take it every day or just when I was going skiing.  Should I take it for a few days before or just the day I was going.  She could not answer my questions.

    Does anybody here have any answers to my questions?

    Thanks In Advance.



    Hello Pete

    You may want to ask the pharmacist this question since the nurse could not provide an answer.

    I take the calcium channel blocker (CCB) nifedipine which works very well for me. CCBs are typically taken daily since you never know when a Raynaud’s attack will occur. It also takes time for the medicine to adjust to your body. Some people report only using a CCB in the colder months and stopping in the summer.



    I don’t have a pharmacist because I am on medicare and the only way I can afford my drugs are via mail order.

    But my daughter is a pharmacologist.  Why didn’t I ask her????? DUH

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