... on her brain from massive stroke (left side). I found it online but says it is not available or approved by FDA here in United States, only international. Has anyone heard of it before? Doctors -- anyone respond please?
I am a physician Assistant w 27 years experience, mostly in male geriatrics. Mannitol is a sugar molecule which in IV form prevents cerebral edema (swelling), for example, in forms of stroke during the acute phase. It is an "orphan drug" - that is, it is so widely available that it would not make financial sense for a drug company to patent it, though they may make it as a generic. It is very widely, used despite there being no "indications" for it by FDA. This DOES NOT mean that it is not used, even widely, or even exclusively for a given indication, in clinical medical practice. The drug digitalis, very widely used for heart failure for HUNDREDS of years & to the present, was only given the INDICATION for heart failure by FDA just several years ago. It has been manufactured forever & to the present.
Mannitol is quite appropriate in the setting of your mom's stroke & will help prevent disastrous outcomes. Hope this helps.
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