Antibiotics for treating acute ischemic stroke—a novel idea?

Minocycline 200 mg once daily taken at the time of first stroke symptoms may aid in improving clinical deficits following an acute ischemic stroke (AIS), but more robust and better controlled clinical studies are needed before the antibiotic can be recommended for this indication.

“There is an urgent need to evaluate newer treatment modalities for acute ischemic stroke that aren’t time-bound.”
-Sudhir Kumar, MD, DM, senior consultant neurologist, Apollo Health City, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, India, and member of mdCurrent-India’s Editorial Advisory Board

In India, stroke is a severely neglected condition and 1 of the 3 leading causes of disability and mortality, the other 2 being heart attack and cancer. At least 1.44 million to 1.64 million new cases of stroke occur every year, accounting for at least 6.4 million Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). In addition, less than...

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