As I already mentioned in my articles on this website, doctors use Sildenafil (Viagra) for more purposes than just treating erectile dysfunction. For example, recently, scientists started studying the properties of Viagra for COVID patients. Today I will tell you about one more atypical use of the drug. Let’s talk about the use of Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome.
What is Raynaud’s syndrome?
The so-called Raynaud’s syndrome, or Raynaud’s disease, is a disorder of blood vessels in the fingers and toes. How it works? The blood vessels narrow when a patient feels cold or stressed, and the fingers and toes turn white to blue.
In fact, I’d call it an excessive vasospastic reaction to exposure to cold or emotional stress. Clinical manifestations include the appearance of sharply delineated areas of discoloration of the skin on the fingers and toes. As a rule, these areas acquire a very pale, even bluish color.
This syndrome is quite common, especially in countries and regions with cold climates. In such areas, the disease affects up to 3-5% of the population. Raynaud’s syndrome can be primary, or idiopathic, and secondary, associated with other diseases. Fortunately, we can use Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome, which effectively fights the symptoms.
Research on the use of Viagra for the treatment of Raynaud’s disease
More than a dozen scientific studies published in the specialized medical press confirm the success of the use of Sildenafil for Raynaud’s syndrome. Let me emphasize that the medication is effective in both primary and secondary nature of the disease.
In particular, according to one of the studies, in the treatment of Raynaud’s syndrome, Viagra (Sildenafil) allows not only to get rid of symptoms (in some cases completely), but also to heal existing digital ulcers on the hands and feet.
Sildenafil for Raynaud’s Syndrome: Side effects and a pleasant bonus
In the above study, patients took one pill at a dosage of 50 mg once a day in the evening. The participants tolerated the treatment well and practically did not complain of side effects. In a number of cases, they experienced a minor headache.
However, I almost forgot to mention one significant “side effect”. You might have guessed that I am talking about excellent erection in the male part of the group. Such a nice bonus of treatment appeared in those patients who were already aroused, since that it how Viagra works.