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Stroke

10 January 2011

Prozac helps stroke patients recover

Stroke patients given the antidepressant Prozac appear to regain more muscle function than other recovering stroke sufferers, researchers have found.

Stroke patients given the antidepressant fluoxetine (best known by the brand name of Prozac) appear to regain more muscle function than other recovering stroke sufferers, French researchers have found.

Lead researcher Dr Francois Chollet said the study "opens a new pathway" in the treatment of the leading form of stroke, in which a blockage in a blood vessel is the cause of the attack. Chollet, from the University Hospital of Toulouse and INSERM, noted that Prozac also appears to target neurons themselves rather than trying to re-open arteries, as many other stroke medications do.

 

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