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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Petit mal, impulsive
  • JME
  • EJM
  • Janz syndrome
  • Myoclonic epilepsy, juvenile, 1
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Treatment

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How might juvenile myoclonic epilepsy be treated?

Avoidance of precipitating events such as alcohol use and sleep deprivation may be useful but is not sufficient to control the seizures of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Medical therapy with anticonvulsants is typically needed and well tolerated. The majority of patients can be well controlled on a single drug, most commonly valproic acid. Other medications that might be utilized separately or in combination include but are not limited to: lamotrigine, levetiracetam, clonazepam, and topiramate.[1][2] 

More details about the medications used to treat juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is available through Medscape Reference and the Epilepsy Foundation
Last updated: 6/30/2016

References
  1. James Selph. Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. Medscape Reference. June 24, 2016; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1185061-overview.
  2. Sirven J, Fisher R. Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. Epilepsy Foundation. September 2013; http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/types-epilepsy-syndromes/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Petit mal, impulsive
  • JME
  • EJM
  • Janz syndrome
  • Myoclonic epilepsy, juvenile, 1
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.