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Secondary Raynaud's Phenomenon Is Helped By Erectile Dysfunction Drug Cialis

By November 2, 2008

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In conjunction with other treatments, Cialis (tadalafil) is effective and well-tolerated as a treatment for secondary Raynaud's phenomenon, according to study results presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Raynaud's phenomenon is an arthritis-related condition which occurs when blood vessels constrict. The decreased blood flow can cause pain and discomfort in the affected area as well as discoloration of the skin.

Raynaud's can occur as a primary or secondary condition. As a primary condition, it is not associated with any other disease and is often referred to as Raynaud's disease. With secondary Raynauds, also known as Raynaud's phenomenon, symptoms are associated with other health conditions (such as lupus or scleroderma). Secondary Raynaud's is less common but usually more severe than primary Raynaud's. With secondary Raynaud's, constriction of blood vessels occurs in internal organs too.

Researchers treated a small group of 25 Raynaud's patients with Cialis (a drug approved to treat erectile dysfunction) or placebo. The study participants had not responded to usual treatment with vasodilators. Results showed that the average daily frequency and duration of Raynaud's episodes decreased for those taking Cialis -- and existing fingertip ulcers healed. One new fingertip ulcer developed in the Cialis group compared to 13 new ulcers in the placebo group.

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