Technology Appraisal Guidance No. 223
Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
1.1 Naftidrofuryl oxalate is recommended as an option for the treatment of intermittent claudication in people with peripheral arterial disease for whom vasodilator therapy is considered appropriate after taking into account other treatment options. Treatment with naftidrofuryl oxalate should be started with the least costly licensed preparation.
1.2 Cilostazol, pentoxifylline and inositol nicotinate are not recommended for the treatment of intermittent claudication in people with peripheral arterial disease.
1.3 People currently receiving cilostazol, pentoxifylline and inositol nicotinate should have the option to continue treatment until they and their clinicians consider it appropriate to stop.
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Cilostazol, Naftidrofuryl Oxalate, Pentoxifylline and Inositol Nicotinate for the Treatment of Intermittent Claudication in People with Peripheral Arterial Disease
Issue Date: May 2011