Washington: A study by Loyola University Medical Center physicians have found that about one-third of patients suffer depression following a stroke, and depression in turn increases the risk of stroke.Antidepressant medications known as SSRIs, such as fluoxetine ( Prozac), sertraline ( Zoloft ), and escitalopram (Lexapro), are effective when given to stroke patients as a preventive measure, the physicians said. Murray Flaster, MD, PhD, who specializes in stroke care, and psychiatrists Aparna Sharma, MD, and Murali Rao, MD, who specialize in depression are authors of the study.Mental disorders are common after stroke. They include anxiety, irritability and agitation, uncontrollable crying, apathy, delusions and hallucinations. But the most common disorder is depression, either major or minor.
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