Common Post-Stroke Medications
By Jon Caswell
ost stroke survivors leave the hospital or rehab
with at least one, sometimes several, medications
they may not have been taking before. This
may be quite a surprise for some patients —
especially if stroke isn’t the only new diagnosis
they received. “If the stroke is the result of
undiagnosed diabetes or high blood pressure, they may not have been
on any medications before, and they may leave the hospital with
multiple prescriptions,” said physiatrist Lynn Vidakovic of the Shirley
Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago.
Following the healthcare team’s recommendations and taking
medicines as prescribed is key to keeping your risk of another stroke
or heart attack as low as possible. It may take some getting used to,
especially if you haven’t been on medication before. Never quit taking
a prescribed medicine without talking with your healthcare provider
first. There are many ways they can work with you if you’re having any
kinds of difficulties with any of your medicines.
Understanding the purpose, potential side effects and risks of
not taking your medicines as directed is important, whether they’re
prescribed or over the counter. Let’s look at some of the most common
medication therapies recommended following an ischemic stroke.