Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators 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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Vasodilators

Vasodilators lower blood pressure through direct vasodilation and relaxation of the vascular smooth muscle. They are used more for blood pressure lowering in severe or refractory situations and should be used with caution.

Nitroprusside sodium (Nipride, Nitropress, Sodium Nitroprusside)

Nitroprusside sodium is a vasodilator that decreases peripheral vascular resistance by relaxing arteriolar smooth muscle. It also decreases venous return through venous dilation.


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