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Prozac boosts stroke recovery

10th January 2011

UK stroke experts have welcomed the findings of a study published in The Lancet Neurology that suggest giving stroke patients Prozac soon after the event could help their recovery from paralysis.

Researchers discovered more improvement in movement and greater independence after three months in patients taking the antidepressant (also known as fluoxetine), compared to placebo. The Stroke Association said the findings were interesting but further research was needed before the use of this antidepressant can be accepted as an effective treatment for improving movement following a stroke.


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Janessa Zas

Tuesday 18th January 2011 @ 4:52

Stroke patients often face weeks or months of frustrating recuperation. On their behalf and their families, it could be disheartening. A single study has found that Prozac can actually help patients regain motor functionality. The Lancet medical journal published this small study of less than 200 patients. Someone took out a huge payday loan just to finance this kind of research.

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Article Information

Title: Prozac boosts stroke recovery
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17192
Date Added: 10th Jan 2011


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