Which medications are used in the treatment of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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While only 1 drug, recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (alteplase or generically referred to as rt-PA), has demonstrated efficacy and effectiveness in treating acute ischemic stroke and is approved by the FDA, other medications are equally important. National consensus panels have included the use of antihypertensives, anticonvulsants, and osmotic agents in their recommendations. Additional agents may be required for comorbid illnesses in many patients with stroke.


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