Prozac may help recovery after stroke

January 11, 2011 4:29:09 AM PST
The anti-depressant Prozac may speed physical rehabilitation after a stroke.

A new study finds patients given the antidepressant appeared to regain more muscle than other recovering stroke sufferers.

Not surprisingly, the Prozac patients were also less susceptible to depression after their stroke.

Researchers reporting in the journal the Lancet Neurology say this study opens a new pathway in the treatment of the most common form of stroke.

They say Prozac also appears to target neurons themselves rather than trying to re-open arteries as many other stroke medications do.