Pletal
DESCRIPTION

This is a medication that is useful in treating blood flow symptoms that occur in the legs. This medication is also known as Cilostazol.

How it works

This medication is both an antiplatelet drug and a vasodilator. Therefore, this medication works by stopping the platelets from sticking together. This way, it is able to prevent the platelets from forming blood clots. Furthermore, this medication helps the blood to flow through more easily – especially in the legs.

Uses

Pletal is mainly used to treat blood flow issues that occur in the legs. This condition is known as intermittent claudication. This medication is useful in reducing the muscle pain and cramps that occur when exercising.

Dosage

The dosage of this medication must only be determined by a healthcare provider. He or she will prescribe you the right dosage depending on your medical condition and response to the treatment. Do not attempt to make any changes to the dose schedule without consulting your physician.

You must remember that increasing the dosage will not enhance the effectiveness of the medication. It will only make you more vulnerable towards the side effects of the medication. Also, it can increase the risk of an overdose. Therefore, do not consume this medication more than necessary. It is not safe for you to take the medication for longer than recommended either.

In order to experience best effects of this medication, you need to take it as regularly as possible. Do not consume this drug once in a while. You need to strictly adhere to the prescription provided by your physician. If you keep missing your doses, then set a reminder. Taking the medication at the same time every day will help you remember as well.

Side effects

During the course of the treatment, you might or might not experience common side effects such as headache, runny nose, diarrhea and dizziness. You need not worry as these conditions will only last for a day or two.

It is also possible for you to experience certain serious side effects when consuming this drug. These include:

Swelling of hands/feet
Easy bruising
Bloody stools
Signs of infection
Vision changes
Irregular heartbeat
Confusion

If you do experience any of the above, make sure to get medical help right away. It is important to note that it is possible for you to experience side effects apart from the ones mentioned above.

Precautions

The following are some precautionary methods which you need to follow throughout the treatment period.

Before consuming this medication, make sure that you are not allergic to it.
Inform your physician if you suffered from a blood disorder or heart disease in the past.
Inform your physician about all the medications that you are taking. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal supplements.
Do not drive or operate machinery as this medication can result in dizziness.

Self-care

It is not entirely safe for pregnant women to consume this medication. If you become pregnant during the treatment, remember that you must only take this medication when it is absolutely necessary.

If you are planning to breastfeed your child while consuming this drug, make sure to discuss the matter with your physician first.

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