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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Cilostazol for stroke prevention

01/24/2008

Question:

My doctor suggested I take the drug Cilostazol as a prevention of blood clots and therefore stroke. Evedently this drug has just been approved bythe FDA for this usage. I am hesitant to take it as it can have severe side effects. Would this drug be beneficial for stroke prevention? I have had some mini strokes that had no symptoms and showed up on an MRI. Thank you

Answer:

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with this drug and have never used it. However, there are several other drugs that we routinly use to prevent stroke. They are FDA-approved and recommended by the American Stroke Association.

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Response by:

Yousef  Mohammad, MD, MSc Yousef Mohammad, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Director, Stroke Fellowship Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University