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    hydralazine

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-1...inal-cord.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydralazine

    Started a prescription of Hydralazine today.

    Has anyone else tried or taking this?

    What dosage?

    I'm on 10mg 4 times a day.

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    This is a blood pressure medication for treating hypertension. It should not be a first-line drug to treat hypertension though, as it can increase plus and stroke volume, increasing stress on the heart. Other medications should be used first. It is not something used to treat pain. It acts as a smooth muscle relaxant, and can cause increased problems with low blood pressure with sitting, so be careful when first starting it. What is your blood pressure??

    It has been used in some animal studies with MS and shown to be somewhat myelin sparing. Are you taking it for this reason?

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    Trying it to see if it has any effect on pain. Blood pressure is consistently 120/80, whether standing, sitting or laying down. Monitoring blood pressure regularly at the moment while I try this.

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    Your physician is giving it to you for pain? I have not seen any research other than that one you posted that it has any effect on chronic neuropathic pain, and you are likely to have a significant drop in your blood pressure, enough that you may feel faint when standing with this medication on board. In addition, it can cause some serious side effects if used long term, so will require regular exams and blood work done by your provider.

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    I was given Clonidine during rehab by a pain specialist. I asked a lot of questions because my normal even when a smoker was 110/70. Suddenly it was 90/60. He had no research he could show me but said he had read it in medical libraries. I found it just caused weird choking on water and did nothing for the burning. Good luck and I hope this helps!

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    Hi NW-Will,

    How is the Hydralazine working for you? I saw your original post and passed the information on to my pain doc. She was going to do some research and get back to me. I'd really like to know if this medication affects the Central Pain and what about the side effects? Is the dosage your taking correct? You are the only one I know to try this. Please let me know how it is going for you. Thanks very much, Linda

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