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(cilostazol) Tablets, for oral use

Read this Patient Information leaflet before you start taking PLETAL and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about PLETAL?

PLETAL can cause serious side effects:

  • PLETAL (cilostazol) stops a protein called phosphodiesterase III from working. Other similar drugs which affect this protein may cause death if you already have heart problems, called class 3 to 4 (III-IV) heart failure. Do not take PLETAL if you have heart failure of any kind.

What is PLETAL?

PLETAL is a prescription medicine used to reduce the symptoms of intermittent claudication and can increase your ability to walk further distances.

It is not known if PLETAL is safe and effective for use in children.

How does PLETAL work?

Improvement in symptoms may occur as soon as 2 weeks, but could take up to 12 weeks.

Who should not take PLETAL?

Do not take PLETAL if you:

  • have heart problems (heart failure)
  • are allergic to cilostazol or any of the ingredients in PLETAL. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in PLETAL.

Tell your doctor before taking this medicine if you have any of these conditions.

What should I tell my doctor before taking PLETAL?

Before you take PLETAL, tell your doctor if you:

  • drink grapefruit juice. Taking PLETAL and drinking grapefruit juice can increase the amount of PLETAL causing side effects.
  • have any other medical conditions
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if PLETAL will harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if PLETAL passes into your breast0 milk.
  • You and your doctor should decide if you will take PLETAL or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Ask your doctor for a list of these medicines if you are not sure. You can ask your pharmacist for a list of medicines that interact with PLETAL. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take PLETAL?

  • Take PLETAL exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
  • Your doctor will tell you how much PLETAL to take and when to take it.
  • Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
  • Take PLETAL 30 minutes before you eat or 2 hours after you eat.

What are the possible side effects of PLETAL?

PLETAL may cause serious side effects, including:

  • heart problems. Taking PLETAL may cause you to have heart problems, including a fast heart beat, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure.
  • See “What is the most important information I should know about PLETAL?”
  • severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis, angioedema). Call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of a severe allergic reaction:
    • hives
    • swelling of your face, lips, mouth, or tongue
    • trouble breathing or wheezing
    • dizziness
  • changes in your blood cell counts (thrombocytopenia or leukopenia). Your doctor should do blood tests to check your blood cell counts while you take PLETAL.

The most common side effects of PLETAL include:

  • headache
  • abnormal stools
  • diarrhea

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of PLETAL. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800- FDA-1088.

How should I store PLETAL?

Store PLETAL at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).

Keep PLETAL and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of PLETAL.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use PLETAL for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give PLETAL to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about PLETAL. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about PLETAL that is written for health professionals.

For more information, go to or call 1-800-441-6763.

What are the ingredients in PLETAL?

Active ingredient: cilostazol

Inactive ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose calcium, corn starch, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose 2910, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose

This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Last reviewed on RxList: 9/26/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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