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Prozac Found to Help Recovery from Strokes With a 90 Day Treatment–Study

Posted Jan 10 2011 1:46am

The patients in the study in the UK had either severe motor disabilities resulting from a stroke.  The dosage of Prozac was for 90 days the those who had treatment gained significantly more function in their upper and lower limbs than patients who image were not given the Prozac. 

This is interesting to see how an already approved drug may have another purpose.  BD 

Giving stroke patients Prozac soon after the event could help their recovery from paralysis, a study has found.

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 Lancet Neurology study was based on research on 118 patients in France.

UK stroke experts said the findings were "promising".

This was the largest study of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and stroke recovery to date.

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