snake venom extract to fight strokes? Would you take this treatment?

United States
February 11, 2007 9:58pm CST
An experimental drug derived from the venom of the feared Malayan pit viper shows promise for the treatment of stroke, an analysis of six studies involving over 4,000 stroke victims suggests. The drug, known as Viprinex, may double the time window during which victims can be treated following the onset of symptoms, researchers say. The drug, also known by the generic name ancrod, is designed to help people who suffer an acute ischemic stroke, the most common type. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is compromised by a blood clot. This leads to the death of brain cells and brain damage. Currently, the clot-buster t-PA can be used for ischemic stroke, but time is of the essence: It has to be administered in the first three hours after symptoms strike.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
12 Feb 07
Once all studies have been completed I would take this treatment. It is not a very long time window. I know there is a medication they use for heart attacks, it is not snake venom, but it is longer than that.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
As it is only in the experimental stage there is not much chance of it being offerered at this time. Once is was tested and proved to work then yes I would.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
If it meant that the quality of my life may be better after a stroke....yup I would do it. Recovery is long and hard. Some do not gain much mobility after ward. If it made the differnce between walking again, or writing my name, or just being able to go to the toilet on my own. Yes oh yes, sign me up!!
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I honestly hope I never have to worry about this! I dont know if I would let them give me this or not. It would be scary either way.
@shywolf (4529)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Yes, if I thought that it would truly help and I needed such a rememdy, I would just have to not let myself think about the fact that it was created from snake venom and say go for it. Because it would surely be much better to try it and perhaps be able to fight off a stroke, than to have the stroke *laugh* (And this is considering that I just had a bad nightmare about a snake the other night, too! LOL)