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SSRIs improve poststroke recovery according to a systematic review and meta-analysis

Susan London   |   Clinical Summary   |   06 July 2022
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Takeaway

  • A new meta-analysis finds that treating patients with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) after stroke improves most measures of recovery.

Why this matters

  • A 2018 Cochrane meta-analysis found little benefit of SSRIs.

Key results

  • Benefits of SSRIs vs placebo:
    • Preventing depression (weighted mean difference [WMD], −7.05; 95% CI, −11.78...

          

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