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How do you treat juvenile myoclonic epilepsy?

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The first things a doctor will recommend are lifestyle changes to avoid seizure triggers. That means getting enough sleep, not drinking alcohol, and finding ways to manage stress.

Most people with JME will also need one or more anti-seizure medications. They can control seizures in 90% of people with the condition. These medicines include:

  • Valproic acid
  • Levetiracetam
  • Lamotrigine
  • Clonazepam
  • Topiramate

From: What Is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy,” “Absence Seizures,” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Electroencephalogram (EEG).”

NIH Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: “Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.”

Medscape: “Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Workup.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy,” “Absence Seizures,” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Electroencephalogram (EEG).”

NIH Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: “Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.”

Medscape: “Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Workup.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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