How do medications treat a stroke?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Depending on the type of stroke, treatments options vary a great deal. In the case of hemorrhagic strokes, doctors must stop the bleeding in the brain. People with a hemorrhagic stroke who are taking anticoagulant medication may need additional treatments to help the blood clot. Blood transfusions, vitamin K, or other substances may be given through an IV to stop bleeding. Conversely, people with ischemic strokes are given aspirin or other anticoagulants to help increase blood flow in the brain. In some cases, analgesics like opioids are used to manage headache pain, too.

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