Cold Hands and Feet: Symptoms or Side Effects?

Cold hands and feet are often symptoms of conditions or diseases such as low thyroid hormone, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like cold hands and feet, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.

We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.

Cold Hands and Feet Are Symptoms Of

Low Thyroid: Hypothyroidism is a condition that slows down your metabolism and your whole body. As a result low thyroid can cause weight gain, fatigue, sensitivity to cold, cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, depression, hair loss, memory problems, and immune system problems.

Poor Circulation: Heart disease can cause poor circulation, and in some cases poor circulation can lead to heart disease. Cold hands and feet, as well as tingling or pain in the hands and feet, foot and leg cramps, tiredness in the hands and feet, varicose veins, and skin that turns blue or purple due to lack of oxygen are all signs of poor circulation.

Raynaud’s Syndrome: Raynaud’s syndrome causes cold and numb hands and feet and sometimes affects the ears and tips of the nose as well. During an attack the arteries leading to the fingers and toes spasm restricting blood flow. Raynaud’s syndrome can occur on its own or it can be caused by other medical conditions and certain medications.

Iron Deficiency: Iron deficiency causes a lack of red blood cells (anemia). Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include cold hands and feet, fatigue, pale skin, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, unusual cravings, and irregular heartbeat. Causes include poor diet, blood loss, inability to absorb iron, and pregnancy. Some medications can inhibit your body’s ability to absorb iron.

Cold Hands and Feet Are Side Effects Associated With

Atenolol: Atenolol is a beta blocker used to treat high blood pressure. It lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, and in the process can cause side effects such as cold hands and feet, dizziness, and fatigue. It can also have other side effects including diarrhea, nausea, leg pain, depression, and shortness of breath.

Metoprolol: Metoprolol, sold as Toprol and Lopressor, is also a beta blocker. It is used to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, and to treat or prevent heart attack. Metoprolol can have side effects including cold hands and feet, unusual dreams, insomnia, drowsiness, diarrhea, and vision problems.

Digitek: Digitek (digoxin) is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. Digitek can cause slow heart rate and low blood pressure leading to cold hands and feet. Other side effects of Digitek can include irregular heart beat, blurred vision, yellowed vision, hallucinations, confusion, and bloody stools.

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14 thoughts on “Cold Hands and Feet: Symptoms or Side Effects?

  1. I just turned 33 been recently digonsed with endometrios and am know facing headaches, cold hands & feet hair loss not a lot just when comed or in shower but still more then normal kinda in a mind fog ears plug went through a CT came back normal waiting for blood work to come back been researching everything points to low thyroid??? please help this is getting very old nerver feel rested tired all the time & cant sleep when its time to or takes me for ever to fall asleep.

  2. well i take a hand full medican lisenopr–carvidiol–omeprazole–elevil lozepam 2–water pills lassex–spironolactone—pravastatin—-gabapertini 300 mg -2–2xaday for neurothpy get cold hands and feet summer and winter i take a low mg. pill for thyroid 0.05 mg

  3. Been taking Atenolol for over 20 years, but last few years have bad problems with hands and feet – freezing cold, bright red and swollen! Happens every winter………………..

  4. Hi everyone.. I’m 12 years old. I have back problems and my feet and hands are always cold.. I have feet and hand cramp quite a bit.. I don’t know what to do, help?
    Thank you <3

  5. My son is 15 and once in a blue he gets naustious and will vomits. We ask him what’s wrong? but he says I must have eaten something bad. His hands and feet get cold and and gets bad stomach cramps. We’ve taken him to see the his but Dr can’t find anythingwrong.

  6. My doctor just reduced my high blood pressure pills. My pressure went from 146/86 to 98/80. I have not gotten my new pills yest. My question is can low blood pressure cause very cold fingers and toes. I am usually always sweating and warm when everyone around me is cold. I have been this way all my life. But today I am freezing and can’t seem to get warm. Just wondering. Thanks

  7. I was said to have a tic a cardia lopressor was given to me now here 10 years after with the old family doc keep uping my doses over the years to 400 mg a day hair came out bleeding gi skin blisters and a eternal painful rest of my life .
    I have the same cold foot hand ting and the doc jusssssssssssst gave me nut type drugs you know prozac nothing wrong with you. to make a painful long story short I have had to change docs and he said toxicity lopressor. I have a perminate deseae call raynauds phenomenon due to the blockers along with fibromyalgia and hyperparathyroid also. theese are all painful daily sick ness without any true treatment, just zanex to help with the nerves eruptons and a vascular pill for the vain constrictions. 7000 ui daily of d3 for the hyper para thyroid disodrer. I had gi and bowl problems I weight 115befour now about 105
    and 5 foot 3 about 45 this is my golden age to look forword too. this will not go away get better only worse. even loose my fingers and toes one at a time.
    my point is I was never given a choice of any other med or that this could ever do this to me. make your own choice but there are other older drugs that canbe used tried and true to be safeer. i was never given an opotion . a SECOND OPINION is my first llesson learned. caution to many with multi symtem as finger + toes sleeping twiches numbness, kidney cysts livrsysts gastritis. gi bleeds and vision changes.

  8. hi everyone, i think myself to be a pretty healthy woman but recently i have had really bad muscle spasms by my shoulder and from time to time i feel this zap that goes down my arm and into my hand, which then leads to only one of my hands turning ice cold. i am really worried because this is happening constantly and i get bad muscle spasm by my shoulder next to my neck. Also, i rarely get 5 second cramps in my big toe and reading this information makes me think if i might have low blood circulation. my father gets leg cramps, i dont know about cold hands but it might be a family thing. my fathers side of the family is known for having high blood pressure and strokes. any help?

  9. Can you please explain to me what actually is happening when my hands are cold (many times throughout the day) since I have been taking Metoprolol? What is occurring in my body that is of conern with cold hands as a side effect?
    Thank you

    • i was put on metaprolol, to slow down my heart as i have hyperthyroud, causing my heart to beat fast, so the metaprolol slows the heart, but has left me with a swollen burning, numb at times it feels like electric shocks in my toe, mainly my big toe, i get a stinging feeling where the hairs grow out, i dont have many hairs on my toe but its a horrible feeling, i also have muscle ache in both legs, it comes and goes but i can hardly walk, sooo i went to the Dr again again and asked to change to another beta blocker, and im now to scared to take it, i looked up side effects and they are much the same as this med, i cant sleep, the ache in my foot is so bad, anyway i stopped the metaprolol 4 days ago and still have the frozen foot, its hard to cope with constant pain, im hopeing it will improve being off the drug, good luck

  10. I have recently had a breast MRI–It has showed a cyst/tumor–not yet diagnosed. I started taking metoprolol 4 months ago–I have had breast cancer and had bilateral masectomies and bilat diep flap-7yrs ago–Could the metoprolol cause increased blood flow to the mamary arteries which feed the flaps, and therefore have the cyst or tumor increase drastically , so that it is picked up on the MRI, as it was not there last year. Thank-you for your thoughts Patsy

  11. i dont think i need to take my meds for this because i feel perfectly fine with out it and i have none of these side affects or what ever so please someone tell me that i do not need to take it.

  12. sandeep,please see youyr dr.when my children were babies i was diagniosed with low thyroid and all the symptoms you discribe.My twins are now 20 and for the sake of taking one tablet a day i am back to normal health.If i hadnt gone to my dr.i would not have been abl;e to lead a normal life.Exercise and yoga are good too,but you may need to replace the thyroid you havent got.I was a dancing teacher at the time so i do know how exercise is important to you.

  13. i have this problem of cold hand and feet along with hair loss problem and weight gain and i have go through the tyroid test also and found that my thyroid level lies between normal range but it is slightly in lower than normal of normal … so can you tell me that hypothyroid can also happen in the patients with slightly low but lies in normal range and if yes then should i consult to dr. or can resolve by exercise and yoga….

    thanks and regards

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