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Cilostazol-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Cilostazol is used to treat intermittent claudication, a condition that causes pain and cramps in the lower leg when walking caused by blocked or narrowed arteries in the legs.

This medicine is a blood-thinning medicine. It prevents special cells in the blood 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 is also used together with other medicines to prevent blood clots in people who have had stents inserted into their heart arteries.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Cilostazol exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed 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.

This medicine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Cilostazol even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless directed by the doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have heart disease or stomach ulcers, especially if you have ever bled from a stomach ulcer as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- blood disorders

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Cilostazol.

Do not participate in activities in which you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Alert your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (e.g. too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).

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.

What side effects could I experience?

Cilostazol may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in activities in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, diarrhoea, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, back pain, muscle pain, stomach pain, diarrhea and stomach discomfort.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- 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

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other blood-thinning medicines e.g. aspirin, warfarin, clopidogrel, ticlopidine
- antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. itraconazole, ketoconazole
- diltiazem (medicine for high blood pressure)
- cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. simvastatin, lovastatin
- gastric medicines e.g. omeprazole, lansoprazole, cimetidine
- medicines for epilepsy (seizures or fits) e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine
- St. John's wort (herbal supplement)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Cilostazol.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

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.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Cilostazol-Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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