Because we have NO stroke leadership and NO stroke strategy we get wastes of money and time for research like this.http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1545968317704902
Methods. In a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 144 patients with acute IS were studied for 3 months. In one group, the patients received oral citalopram 20 mg (once daily), and in the other group, they received placebo. All patients received standard care, including physiotherapy. Patients with depression were excluded throughout the study. The primary outcome of the study was set to a 50% reduction in the 3-month National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale compared with the baseline scores (Clinical Trial Registration URL: http://www.irct.ir; Unique identifier: IRCT201203192150N2).
Results. The mean age of patients was 66.4 years. Of 144 eligible patients, 15 patients died (4 in the citalopram and 11 in the placebo group), and 21 patients did not complete the study follow-up period (10 in the citalopram and 11 in the placebo group). The primary outcome of the study was achieved in 57 patients (79%) in the citalopram and 39 patients (54%) in the placebo group (P < .001), with risk ratio and number needed to treat of 2 (CI = 1.2-3) and 4 (CI = 2.5-8.6), respectively. No major adverse events were found in either group.
Conclusions. Citalopram is a safe and tolerable medication in patients with acute IS, which could improve the outcome in these patients.