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Pletal (Cilostazol)


Pletal (Cilostazol)

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  • Product Details


    Pletal (cilostazol) is classified as a phosphodiesterase III inhibitor (PDE III inhibitor) used to reduce the symptoms of intermittent claudication, as demonstrated by an increased walking distance.

    Pletal is available in 50 mg and 100 mg tablets.

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    Elimination half-life

    11–13 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    50mg, 100mg





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    Routes of administration

    By mouth (tablets)


    The recommended dosage is 100 mg by mouth twice daily. Take 30 minutes before or two hours after breakfast and dinner.

    The dosage may be 50 mg by mouth twice daily when taken with certain medications such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin, diltiazem, ticlopidine, fluconazole, and omeprazole. 


    Each tablet contains the active ingredient, Cilostazol.


    Do not take Pletal if you have heart failure.

    Do not take Pletal if you are allergic to cilostazol or any of the other ingredients in Pletal. Be sure to discuss your allergies with your doctor. 



    See full prescribing information for complete boxed warning.

    PLETAL is contraindicated in patients with heart failure of any severity. Cilostazol and several of its metabolites are inhibitors of phosphodiesterase III. Several drugs with the pharmacologic effect have caused decreased survival compared to placebo patients with class III-IV heart failure. 

    Tell your doctor if you have heart problems. Pletal may increase your heart rate or cause palpitations or low blood pressure.

    Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction has been reported in some patients who received Pletal. Once you are prescribed and buy Pletal, then you should be monitored for a new murmur or heart symptoms after starting Pletal.

    Pletal may cause low blood counts.

    Pletal may cause hemostatic disorders or bleeding and should not be used in these patients.

    Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.

    Your doctor should know if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

    Side Effects

    Pletal may cause side effects, including:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Abnormal stools
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Increased heart rate
    • Indigestion
    • Infection
    • Palpitation
    • Pharyngitis
    • Swelling of your legs or hands

    Tell your doctor right away if you experience any side effects while taking Pletal.


    Pletal Prescribing Information. Rockville, MD: Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; 2015.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Pletal (Cilostazol)

    What is Pletal (Cilostazol) used for?

    Pletal is used to improve symptoms of intermittent claudication, a condition causing leg pain and cramping during activity that eases with rest. It helps you walk further without pain.

    How does Pletal work?

    Pletal works by improving blood flow in the legs by preventing blood clots and widening blood vessels. This increases oxygen supply to muscles, reducing pain.

    What is the dosage of Pletal?

    The typical dose is 100mg twice daily, 30 minutes before or 2 hours after meals. Your doctor may adjust the dosage based on your individual needs and medical history.

    What are the side effects of Pletal?

    Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, dizziness, flushing, and leg cramps. More serious side effects are rare, but include bleeding, heart problems, and liver damage.

    Who should not take Pletal?

    Pletal is not recommended for people with heart failure, severe liver or kidney disease, uncontrolled bleeding problems, or allergies to cilostazol or its ingredients.

    Can I take Pletal with other medications?

    Pletal can interact with certain medications, including other blood thinners, anti-platelet drugs, and some antibiotics. Inform your doctor about all medications you take before starting Pletal.

    How long does it take for Pletal to work?

    Some improvement may be seen within 2 weeks, but it can take up to 12 weeks for the full effect. If symptoms haven't improved after 3 months, your doctor may need to adjust your treatment plan.

    Does Pletal cure intermittent claudication?

    No, Pletal does not cure the underlying cause of intermittent claudication, but it can effectively manage symptoms and improve walking ability.

    Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to support Pletal's effectiveness?

    Yes, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing other health conditions like diabetes can improve blood flow and enhance Pletal's benefits.

    What should I do if I miss a dose of Pletal?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it's close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 2595

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