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Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia/Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology
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Review article
Pharmacotherapy in rehabilitation of stroke patients

Anna Członkowska
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Marcin Leśniak

Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia 2010; 5, 3-4: 130–140
Online publish date: 2011/03/01
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Pharmacotherapy is commonly given to patients recovering from a stroke to prevent further complications (e.g. recurrent stroke, seizures) or enhance recovery. However, some drugs may have a negative impact on neuroplasticity. This review examines currently used drugs that are believed to promote recovery from motor and cognitive disturbances associated with stroke. The data on pharmacotherapy are insufficient to support a claim of significantly improved rehabilitation outcomes. Moreover, a growing body of evidence indicates that some agents can impair functional reorganization and slow the recovery process. However, a few chemicals are reported to be beneficial for stroke rehabilitation. The most promising are noradrenergic and dopaminergic agents, as well as several growth factors; these should be the future focus of extensive randomized clinical trials.
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neurorehabilitation, pharmacotherapy, recovery, stroke

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