Which anticonvulsant drugs are used to treat myoclonic seizures?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Myoclonic seizures have a bimodal distribution. Infants with myoclonic epilepsies usually have a poor prognosis; however, in late childhood and adolescence, the syndrome of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is often the cause of myoclonic seizures. The seizures associated with JME are usually readily controlled with the appropriate broad-spectrum antiepileptic drug (AED), but JME has a high recurrence rate of approximately 80-90% after discontinuation of anticonvulsants.

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