Pletal seeks to reduce attacks of intermittent claudication, like pain, cramping, weakness or numbness in your foot, hip, buttocks or thigh, which may occur after walking.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Pletal may be taken 2 hours after a meal or 30 minutes before a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Pletal always ensures better absorption and avoid the consumption of grapefruit or its juice.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Pletal ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Pletal each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Pletal being a phosphodiesterase type 3 inhibitor mainly works by widening the arteries which supply blood to your legs and it also seeks to decrease the ability of platelets, particles in the blood involved in blood clotting, to be together.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Pletal must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Pletal (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Pletal if you have conditions like heart failure.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Pletal is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Pletal. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Pletal, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Pletal. These tests include complete blood cell counts and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Pletal before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Pletal. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Pletal usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Pletal. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.