Fluoxetine for Motor Recovery After Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial
American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2017, Pages: 31-36
Received: Apr. 3, 2017; Accepted: Apr. 19, 2017; Published: May 31, 2017
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Mahfuzur Rahman Babul, Medical Assistant Training School, Noakhali, Bangladesh
Hassanuzzaman, Department of Neurology, Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Zaman Ahammed, Department of Neurology, Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Anwarul Kibria, Department of Anatomy, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Golam Faruk, Department of Anatomy, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Akramul Azam, Department of Pharmacology, Rangamati Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Mizanur Rahman, Department of Biochemistry, Rangamati Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh
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Hemiplegia and hemiparesis are the most common deficits caused by stroke. A few small clinical trials suggest that Fluoxetine enhances motor recovery but its clinical efficacy is unknown in our setting. A randomized placebo-controlled trial was conducted at Neurology and medicine ward of Chittagong Medical College Hospital from 1/1/2013 to 31/12/2013. One hundred and twenty eight patients, aged between 40-60 years with a diagnosis of acute ischaemic stroke who fulfilled the defined inclusion and exclusion criteria were selected for the study. Eligible patients were randomly assigned, using a simple lottery method, in a 1:1 ratio to Fluoxetine (20 mg once per day, orally) or placebo group for 3 months starting within 10 days after the onset of stroke. The primary outcome was the mean change in the Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI) score between inclusion (day 0) and day 90. RMI score was significantly changed from D 0 to D 90 in Fluoxetine group in comparison to placebo group (p <.001) and mean (±SD) improvement of RMI score in 90 days were significantly greater in the Fluoxetine group, than in the placebo group [7.08 (±3.26) vs. 4.40 (±2.53)]. Patients treated with Fluoxetine were nearly 3.2 times more likely to show motor improvement than placebo group and the NNT was 2. In patients with acute ischaemic stroke and with motor deficit, the early administration of Fluoxetine with physiotherapy enhanced motor recovery after 3 months.
Fluoxetine, Ischaemic Stroke, Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI), NNT: Number Needed to Treat
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Mahfuzur Rahman Babul, Hassanuzzaman, Zaman Ahammed, Anwarul Kibria, Golam Faruk, Akramul Azam, Mizanur Rahman, Fluoxetine for Motor Recovery After Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2017, pp. 31-36. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.20170503.11
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