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High depression rates following a stroke can severely impact on recovery. German researchers have found that taking the antidepressant mirtazapine the first day following an acute stroke can greatly reduce the incidence of depression and hence enhance recovery. The depression treatment was most effective if begun very soon after the stroke. 40% of the placebo group developed depression compared to 2% of the group taking mirtazapine. The entire placebo group was then given mirtazapine and all of the improved.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Heart Center Online - Reuters Health
About: Mirtazapine can greatly reduced depression rates in stroke patients
Date: 27 January 2005
Source: Heart Center Online - Reuters Health
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