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Thank you, now I know why I have developed Raynards disease or suddenly getting very white fingertips every time I touch anything cold or the weather is cold. I usually have excessively hot hands and feet even if I am really cold so I was completely baffled as to why this suddenly started to happen to me. I have been on ciprimil for 20 years and about 4 months ago started to titrate off it it over a three months period. The white fingers started to develop probably about three months ago so I am thinking it must be because of the ciprimil withdrawal. 


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On 16/03/2016 at 4:49 AM, FunkyBaboon said:

Having developed this condition during my withdrawal from Citalopram I am wondering if there is a link.


I developed the phenomenon for the first time in my life at the same time as coming off Citalopram. As the weeks rolled by and my doses decreased I noticed that I became increasingly sensitive to the cold and started having trouble keeping warm during the latter part of that winter. For the first part of the winter I had experienced no problems whatsoever and actually went running outdoors in seriously cold weather, as I could have done the whole rest of my life up until this point. My feet were the first to present a problem, my toes became white and numb and I literally had to keep them on the radiator; even that didn't do a very good job of heating them up. Then the fingers started to become a problem a couple of months later. 


It seems way too much of a coincidence that the severity of my problems with temperature regulation increased as my dose of the Citalopram dropped to not draw the conclusion that the Citalopram was at least in part responsible for the sudden onset of my Raynaud's.


One hypothesis I have for this is that the part of the brain that deals with body temperature regulation (the hypothalamus) was subject to iatrogenic damage by the Citalopram and therefore left me with impaired body temperature regulation.


Of course, it's also possible this was coincidental and that I would have developed Raynaud's anyway. Or that the shock of withdrawal caused a change in my body that triggered my development of this phenomenon.


Body temperature problems have been discussed before on this forum and this post suggests that Punarbhava has experienced it too.


There is also a medical paper that suggests Citalopram can induce Raynaud's phenomenon.


I have also seen that SSRIs are being prescribed to people who suffer with Raynaud's to offer them relief their symptoms. A forum post that I read reports that a lifelong sufferer of the condition did find some relief when taking Citalopram. She said it was though her condition was almost cured. It is clear there is a link between the neurological action of Citalopram and pathology of Raynaud's phenomenon, so is it really that far fetched to consider it could also cause the condition upon cessation?


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Welcome, Lizabeth.


The shock of withdrawal can make your nervous system sensitive to many different kinds of stimuli. The autonomic nervous system controls the blood flow in your hands. The blood vessels there are very small. When there's a lack of circulation, you will get symptoms of Reynaud's.


Are you typing a lot, maybe on the computer? Stretch your hands frequently to restore circulation. This will make them stronger.


Many people with small hands develop Reynaud's in cold climates. I did many years ago, long before taking an antidepressant. You will either have to protect your hands from cold or move to a warmer climate. If your symptoms are withdrawal-related, they may go away spontaneously.


How much Ciprimil  are you taking now? Have you had any problems tapering so far?

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