What does Cilostazol treat?
Cilostazol is prescribed to treat intermittent claudication which refers to leg pain that occurs while walking due to poor blood circulation. It helps decrease the muscle pain and cramps. This is an antiplatelet drug and a vasodilator and acts by widening the blood vessels in the legs and prevents harmful blood clots from forming. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Possible Side Effects
Cilostazol might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could include headache, vomiting, swelling hands/feet, diarrhea, itching, dizziness, weakness, cough or stuffy nose. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
Follow the Cilostazol dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. You can take it with or without food.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Cilostazol is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Cilostazol.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with blood thinners. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Cilostazol
- Can I take Cilostazol along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Cilostazol?
- What is the dosage of Cilostazol to be consumed?
- How should I use Cilostazol?
- How will Cilostazol work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Cilostazol be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Cilostazol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.