Cilostazol is an antiplatelet drug used to relieve conditions like intermittent claudication, where the oxygen availability to the muscle reduces. It increases the blood flow and oxygen availability to the leg muscle, which gets cramped during exercise. It is also a vasodilator that widens the leg blood vessels for easy blood flow to the region. Adverse effects are headache, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach pain, and muscle ache.

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Is it OK for my 80-year-old diabetic father to take Cilostazol along with other blood thinners?

Query: Hi, My 80-year-old father has been diabetic for the past 30 years and hypertensive for the past five years. He has had bypass surgery and a stroke in the past. He had shooting pain in his right foot for two days, so we consulted a podiatrist. He changed his one medicine from capsule Maxgalin 75 mg t...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have a few suggestions for you- 1. Cilostazol is not a blood thinner. It helps patients with peripheral vascular disease. The foot pain could be due to autonomic neuropathy, which is expected in long-standing diabeti...  Read Full »

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