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If you are experiencing painful cramping in your legs stimulated by exercise, commonly called intermittent claudication, talk to your doctor about a prescription for Pletal or generic Cilostazol, as this could indicate an obstruction of the arteries in your legs or even your arms. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Claudication is considered a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) but may be referred to as a disease itself. As this condition progresses, the pain may start bothering you while you are resting and if the blood flow becomes severely reduced, your fingers or toes may feel cold and appear blue.
Pletal is an antiplatelet vasodilator that relaxes the muscles in your blood vessels resulting in the dilation of your arteries. This action will improve the blood and oxygen flow to your legs and decreases your blood’s capacity to clot. The result is being able to walk farther and faster without pain and cramping. Regular exercise, healthier diet, and no smoking can greatly improve, and possibly alleviate, your need for medication.
There are a number of underlying factors that could lead to intermittent claudication, including if you smoke, have high cholesterol or blood pressure, have diabetes, are obese, or you have a family history of PAD or claudication. Peripheral artery disease is a type of arterial sclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which occurs from the buildup of cholesterol plaque that creates a narrowing of your arteries. It is more likely to occur where the arteries branch in the legs and the blockage can lead to poor blood flow.
Ask your doctor about any risks associated with taking Pletal while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and provide a list of OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so it can be determined if Pletal is right for you.
You may be prone to bleed more easily if you are injured so caution should taken before joining any activity that may be considered risky. Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Pletal as this can cause a decrease in the effectiveness of the medication. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Pletal will affect you. All medicinal products and drugs should be kept out of children’s reach.