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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Cilostazol exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Cilostazol must be taken exactly as directed for it to work well. Continue taking Cilostazol even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless directed by your doctor.
Take Cilostazol on an empty stomach half an hour before or 2 hours after meals. Try to take it at the same time each day.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver, kidney or blood disorders.
It may take up to 3 months for Cilostazol to reach maximum effect.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Cilostazol.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my condition?
If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood vessels and overall health. It has been shown that smoking will make your condition worse. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.
Regular exercise will help to gradually improve your condition by improving your blood circulation. However, you should not over-exert yourself. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you.
You should also keep an eye on your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol build-up in the arteries can reduce blood flow and make the arteries stiff and narrow. Stick to a healthy, low fat diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor immediately if you have heart failure. Cilostazol is not suitable for people with heart failure.
Let your doctor know if you have other types of heart disease.
Do not take Cilostazol if you are pregnant.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Cilostazol.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Cilostazol is used to treat intermittent claudication -- a disease that causes pain in the lower leg when walking. The pain is caused by blocked or narrowed arteries in the legs.
Cilostazol is a blood-thinning medicine. It prevents special cells in the blood - the platelets - from sticking to each other. This reduces the risk of harmful blood clots forming. Blood clots inside a blood vessel prevent blood from flowing properly and this can cause pain.
Cilostazol also improves blood circulation in the legs by widening the arteries. It reduces leg pain so you can walk longer distances without discomfort.
Cilostazol is also used together with aspirin to prevent blood clots in people who have had stents inserted into their heart arteries.
What side effects could I experience?
Headache, diarrhoea and stomach discomfort are side effects of Cilostazol. These are usually not serious and should get better as your body adjusts to the medicine. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to make up for the fluids lost. If these side effects do not go away, let your doctor know.
Cilostazol may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in activities in which you need to be alert.
Some side effects may be serious. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- chest pain
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- swelling of face, hands, legs or ankles
- unusual bleeding, especially excessive bleeding or bleeding that takes a long time to stop
- unusual bruising, especially if the bruises appear by themselves or if they cover a large area
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other blood-thinning medicines such as aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine
- antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin
- antifungal medicines such as itraconazole, ketoconazole
- diltiazem (a blood pressure medicine)
- lovastatin (a cholesterol medicine)
- omeprazole, lansoprazole, cimetidine (gastric medicines)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.