Pletal is a phosphodiesterase type 3 inhibitor, a medication designed to widen arteries, specifically those that supply blood to the legs. This drug also largely decreases the ability of platelets, blood particles responsible for blood clotting, to be joined together. Pletal is usually prescribed in cases of intermittent claudication attacks occuring after walking, as it effectively reduces all the harmful symptoms, such as pain, numbness, weakness, or cramping in the legs and buttocks area.
When using Pletal, follow your doctor's instruction regarding the dosage and the shedule precisely. Generally, this drug is taken at least 30 minutes before a meal or, even more often, 2 hours after. You should completely eleminate grapefruit, including grapefruit juice, from your daily menu for the entire term of the treatment regimen. Remember that Pletal does not cause an immediate effect. Sometimes a three-months therapy course is necessary, although the positive signs usually start occuring 2 to 4 weeks after you have started on Pletal.
This medication needs to be stored between 59 and 86 degrees F, which means 15 to 30 degrees C. Keep the pills in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Pletal ought not to be stored in the bathroom as all those factors are common there.