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The active compound of Stiloz is Cilostazol which belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 3 inhibitors. It has several actions which include widening of some blood vessels and reducing the clotting activity (clumping) of some blood cells called platelets inside your vessels.
You have been prescribed Stiloz for “intermittent claudication”. Intermittent claudication is the cramp-like pain in your legs when you walk and is caused by insufficient blood supply in your legs. Stiloz can increase the distance you can walk without pain since it improves the blood circulation in your legs.
Stiloz is only recommended for patients whose symptoms have not improved sufficiently after making life-style modifications (such as stopping smoking and increasing exercise) and after other appropriate interventions. It is important that you continue the modifications you have made to your life-style whilst taking Stiloz.
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Direction to Use
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is two 50 mg tablets (or one 100 mg tablet) twice a day (morning and evening). This dose does not need to be changed for elderly people. However, your doctor may prescribe a lower dose if you are taking other medicines which may interfere with the effect of Stiloz.
Stiloz should be taken 30 minutes before breakfast and the evening meal. Always take your tablets with a drink of water.
If you miss a dose, do not worry; wait until the next dose to take your next tablet and then carry on as normal. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
•fast heart beat
•heart pounding (palpitation)
•runny nose (rhinitis)
•abdominal discomfort (indigestion)
•feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
•loss of appetite (anorexia)
•excessive burping or wind (flatulence)
•swelling of ankles, feet or face
•rash or changes in appearance of the skin
•patchy bleeding in the skin