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is there a specific drug for stroke? is there a specific drug for stroke? for about 5 years i've been having symptoms of stroke and doen't want to go to the hospital. i'm 21 years of age, are there prescriptions i can take?

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Dr. Herbert Krob
Neurology 29 years experience
As : As the name implies, a stroke is an abrupt onset of loss of neurological function caused by either bleeding into, or by lack of blood supply to, a part of the central nervous system (usually the brain, although strokes can also happen to the spinal cord). The stroke usually leaves a permanent injury, although function may be only temporarily impaired. For these reasons, having stroke-like symptoms for 5 years is a pretty good indication that the symptoms are most likely not related to stroke. There are other neurological conditions that can cause neurological symptoms that come "out of the blue", cause a noticeable change for a period of time, and then disappear without a trace. These conditions include epilepsy, migraine, sleep disorders, and psychiatric syndromes.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
As : As dr krob indicated, persistent or recurring symptoms without permanent deficits is not at all likely to represent one or more strokes. Equally, if you are now 21, strokes are exceedingly uncommon in the age group 16-21, which also suggests you have a different problem. If you could tell avvo more about your symptoms, i or another physician might be able to suggest what you may have and then suggest what kind of physician you should see. There are no drugs one can take that specifically guard against stroke. If you have high blood pressure, or develop it later in life, that is a risk factor for stroke, and so properly prescribed medication to control blood pressure is important in prevention of strokes. Equally, as people age, they may be advised to take Aspirin daily to limit the ability of platelets in the blood to clump and form a clot. This can lead to other problems (bleeding, especially in the stomach or intestines) but can help to prevent both heart attacks and strokes. If you have high cholesterol, or develop that later, again prescription medications can help to lower and control serum cholesterol and that also helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Give what you have has been going on for 5 years, i don't think you need to go to a hospital emergency room, but you should see a physician, tell him or her about your complaints, and seek an appropriate referral for evaluation and management.

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