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Cilostazol

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Cilostazol, sold under the brand name Pletal among others, is a medication used to help the symptoms of intermittent claudication in peripheral vascular disease. If no improvement is seen after 3 months, stopping the medication is reasonable. It may also be used to prevent stroke. It is taken by mouth.Common side effects include headache, diarrhea, dizziness, and cough. Serious side effects may include decreased survival in those with heart failure, low platelets, and low white blood cells. Cilostazol is a phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor which works by inhibiting platelet aggregation and dilating arteries.Cilostazol was approved for medical use in the United States in 1999. It is available as a generic medication. A month supply in the United Kingdom costs the NHS about 5 £ as of 2019. In the United States the wholesale cost of this amount is about US$6.20. In 2016 it was the 264th most prescribed medication in the United States with more than a million prescriptions.

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