Which medications are used to treat basilar artery thrombosis?

Updated: Jan 11, 2019
  • Author: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FACP, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The medications used in the treatment of patients with basilar artery thrombosis include thrombolytic agents, anticoagulants, antihypertensive agents, and antiplatelet agents. Some patients, particularly those with severe and active comorbid conditions, such as an acute myocardial infarction, require inotropic agents and vasopressors.

Several new oral anticoagulant medications are in the final stages of clinical trials for use in the prophylaxis of ischemic thromboembolic stroke. Once approved for use, the potential of such drugs in the arena of stroke treatment is significant.


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