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Brand Names: Pletal

Generic Name: cilostazol (Pronunciation: sil OS tah zol)

What is cilostazol (Pletal)?

Cilostazol widens arteries that supply blood to the legs. Cilostazol also improves circulation by keeping platelets in the blood from sticking together and clotting.

Cilostazol is used to treat the symptoms of intermittent claudication. This condition causes reduced blood flow to the legs, leading to pain while walking. Cilostazol improves your ability to walk longer distances without pain.

Cilostazol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Cilostazol 100 mg-APO

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Cilostazol 100 mg-MYL

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Cilostazol 100 mg-ROX

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Cilostazol 100 mg-TEV

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Cilostazol 50 mg-AND

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Cilostazol 50 mg-APO

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Cilostazol 50 mg-MYL

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Cilostazol 50 mg-ROX

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Cilostazol 50 mg-SAN

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Cilostazol 50 mg-TEV

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What are the possible side effects of cilostazol (Pletal)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe headache;
  • bloody urine, painful urination;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • chest pain;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; or
  • swelling of your ankles or feet.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about cilostazol (Pletal)?

Do not take cilostazol if you have congestive heart failure. Cilostazol can make this condition worse.

It may take up to 12 weeks of using cilostazol before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with cilostazol. The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

Take cilostazol on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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