Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FDA Proposes Withdrawal of Low Blood Pressure Drug

This is really scary. I, along with many other POTS patients, rely upon midodrine (proAmatine) to keep my blood pressure at a high enough level that I can stand for short periods and work around the house. The FDA is proposing that they take this drug off the market because studies that verify the clinical benefit of the drug have not been done. I for one can attest to the fact that it is very helpful for many POTS patients. I hope that they reconsider this action and keep this drug available for those of us that find it to be helpful. The press release from the FDA is linked below if you are interested in reading it.

FDA Proposes Withdrawal of Low Blood Pressure Drug

Keep your fingers crossed that they change their minds on this one.

2 comments:

Rusty Hoe said...

There has to be some way patients who need it can keep using it. I think I read somewhere that it is only the original manufacturers that were withdrawing it and that it may be available from others under the different names? eg I had 'Gutron' as opposed to ProAmatine. I hope that's the case and you can keep getting it. I know they need to do the studies but there has to be some sort of middle ground. I couldn't tolerate it, but I know if they did the same for Florinef I'd be bed bound again. Fingers crossed they can sort it out quick for you guys.

Lauren Butare-Smith, DVM said...

Thanks Michelle. I'm hopeful that there will be some kind of way around it b/c since my bp is 90/60 on the maximum dose of midodrine that I can take, I shudder to think what would happen without it!

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