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.