Potential effects of common drugs on stroke recovery

Arch Neurol. 1998 Apr;55(4):454-6. doi: 10.1001/archneur.55.4.454.


Studies in laboratory animals clearly show that the rate and extent of functional recovery after focal brain injury can be modulated by drugs affecting certain neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Preliminary clinical studies suggest that similar drug effects occur in humans recovering from stroke. Understanding these pharmacological effects is important because several of the classes of drugs that impair recovery in laboratory experiments are used to treat coincident medical problems in patients who have had a stroke.

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Dopamine Agents / therapeutic use
  • GABA Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / therapeutic use
  • Prognosis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Dopamine Agents
  • GABA Agents
  • Neurotransmitter Agents