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Cilostazole is used in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation to the arms and legs)

Common side effects

Headache, Arterial hypotension (low blood pressure), Atrial arrhythmias (altered heart rate), Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Peripheral edema

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Expert advice

  • Take cilostazol tablet 1-2 hours before or after meals. minutes before breakfast and the evening meal.
  • Do not drive or use machinery that required you to be alert because you may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with cilostazol.
  • Do not take cilostazol, if you have congestive heart failure. Cilostazol can make this condition worse.
  • It may take up to 12 weeks of using cilostazol before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.
  • Consult your doctor, if your symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks of treatment.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is cilostazol an anticoagulant (blood thinner)?
No, cilostazol is an anti-platelet drug and a vasodilator. It works by preventing platelets (blood cells) from sticking together by widening blood vessels in the legs. This helps the blood cells to move more easily and increases blood flow

Q. Is cilostazol a narcotic, beta blocker, or statin?
No, cilostazol is not a narcotic, beta blocker or a statin

Q. Is cilostazol safe?
Cilostazol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)