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    Petecpetec
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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.

    Pete

    #5458
    SarahSarah
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    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.

    #5496
    Petecpetec
    Participant

    Sarah,

    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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