Cardiovascular disease

Stroke

(CVA)

  • Also known as
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Brain attack

About Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind, called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into the brain. "Mini-strokes" or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted.

Symptoms of Stroke
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Top Medications for Stroke according to our users

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All Medications for Stroke

  • Anticoagulant > Anti-platelet

  • Anticoagulant > Factor Xa inhibitor

    • Eliquis
      (Apixaban)
      Prescription only

      Eliquis (Apixaban) is an easy to use and effective way to prevent blood clots from forming in your veins.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anticoagulant > Vitamin K antagonist

  • Antihypertensive > ACE inhibitor

    • Altace
      (Ramipril)
      Prescription only

      Altace (Ramipril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function. Easy to use if you can't swallow whole capsules.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > Angiotensin receptor blocker

    • Hyzaar
      (Losartan / Hydrochlorothiazide)
      Prescription only

      Hyzaar (Losartan / Hydrochlorothiazide) is a good combination blood pressure-lowering medicine to try if your blood pressure is very high.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Losartan
      Prescription only

      Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Micardis
      (Telmisartan)
      Prescription only

      Micardis (Telmisartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Atacand
      (Candesartan)
      Prescription only

      Atacand (Candesartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function just like ACE inhibitors, but has fewer side effects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antihypertensive > Diuretic

  • Pain reliever > Salicylate

  • Cholesterol-lowering > Statin

    • Pravastatin
      Prescription only

      Pravachol (Pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Simvastatin
      Prescription only

      Zocor (Simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
    • Lovastatin
      Prescription only

      Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
  • Cholesterol-lowering > Fibric acid

    • Lopid
      (Gemfibrozil)
      Prescription only

      Lopid (Gemfibrozil) is a generically available medication that can lower triglyceride levels by up to 50%.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Minocycline
      Prescription only

      Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule

Medication side effects for Stroke

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for abdominal pain.

  • Simvastatin: 7%
  • Aggrenox: 20%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

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