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    A fellow Raynaud’s person mentioned that he uses short acting nifedipine for cold weather exposure (cross country skiing, cycling) with great results. Has anybody else have any experience doing this? Spoke to my doctor, and he would rather put me on a daily dosage instead of using “as needed”.

    Thoughts comments? Dosage used?


    Dear Palysiak,

    Thank you for your post. I am not familiar with the use of short acting nifedipine. However, I can share my personal experience with extended release nifedipine. My Raynaud’s is quite severe, prior to medication my fingers were often at the numb point. I have been taking 60 mg daily in the ‘warm’ months of New England, and increase to 90 mg during the winter months. This works quite well for me. I still dress warm and avoid severe cold situations.

    Regarding your physicians advice, there must be a reason he is not recommending the short acting form. I would ask his rationale and then make a decision. Perhaps he feels you can benefit more from daily dosage.

    Best of luck and keep us posted!


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