What is Pletoz (Cilostazol) used for?
Pletoz (Cilostazol) is used to treat and improve symptoms of blood flow problems in the legs, such as intermittent claudication. Too little oxygen reaching the muscles can cause claudication pain in the muscles and can cause cramps during exercise or walking. This drug is a vasodilator and an anti-platelet, which helps to increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles by widening blood vessels in the legs.
How should I use Pletoz (Cilostazol)?
Pletoz (Cilostazol) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken by mouth, normally twice per day. You should take them without food, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after eating breakfast and dinner. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while you are taking this medication, as this can increase the risk of side effects. Some patients may notice an improvement in their condition within 2 to 4 weeks, whereas other patients may need to wait up to 12 weeks before an improvement is noticed.
What are the side effects of Pletoz (Cilostazol)?
Some patients may notice side effects when taking Pletoz (Cilostazol), such as:
You should immediately consult your physician if you experience any serious side effects. Serious side effects include a rapid heartbeat, swollen limbs, unusual bruising or fever.
Patients suffering from congestive heart failure should not use this drug.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Pletoz (Cilostazol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.