What is Pletal prescribed for?
Pletal is used to reduce the symptoms of intermittent claudication (pain in the legs that happens when walking or moving and goes away with rest). This medication helps people to walk a longer distance before leg pain occurs.
There are some people that should not take Pletal?
You must not take Pletal if you have congestive heart failure of any severity. Talk with your doctor about whether you have this condition.
Warnings for People taking Pletal:
- You must not take Pletal if you have congestive heart failure.
- It is not known if Pletal increases the risk of death in people without congestive heart failure. Initial studies were too small to be sure that there may not be some increased risk of death, or increased risk with long term use, or in patients with more severe conditions than people who took the drug in the testing of the product.
General Precautions to take when on Pletal:
- Positive effects from Pletal may not be seen right away. Improvements can be seen from 2-4 weeks, or up to 12 weeks after starting Pletal.
- If you have not noticed any benefit from taking Pletal after 12 weeks, talk to your doctor.
- While taking Pletal, avoid drinking grapefruit juice.
There are some things that you should tell your doctor when taking this medication:
- Certain types of medications can interact with Pletal, tell your doctor what medications you are taking, including those that you take without a prescription.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or if you are currently breast feeding.
What side effects can you expect when taking Pletal? (This is only a partial list of side effects reported with Pletal. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of possible side effects and drug interactions..)
The most commonly reported side effect in testing of the product was headache.
For more detailed information about Pletal, ask your doctor.