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Medications for Scleroderma

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by Carson-DeWitt R
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Only the most general side effects are included, so ask your doctor if you need to take any special precautions. Use each of these medications as advised by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
There are no medications available to cure or halt the progression of scleroderma. Scleroderma is treated on a symptom-by-symptom basis.

Over-the-counter Medications

Prescription Medications

  Calcium-channel Blockers
Calcium-channel blockers can reduce the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon by relaxing blood vessels. This allows better blood circulation through the fingers, toes, and the tip the of nose. When exposed to cold, you’ll have less trouble with skin blanching and less numbness and tingling. Use of calcium-channel blockers can reduce the chance of developing sores or ulcers on your fingertips.
Calcium-channel blockers may also be given to treat high blood pressure.
Possible side effects include:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  H-2 Blockers
Possible side effects include:
  • Lighheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea


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