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What's the treatment for myoclonus?

Treatment of myoclonus focuses on medications that may help reduce symptoms. Valproic acid and clonazepam are effective for treating symptomatic myoclonus in many individuals. Physiological myoclonus does not require specific treatment. Reassuring the patient is helpful. Standard antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy is used for myoclonus that is a component of an epileptic syndrome. In some cases, treatment of an underlying disease or removal of an offending medication can help myoclonus. In other cases, oral medications must be used. These include clonazepam, valproic acid, hydroxytryptophan and others. For flapping tremor, the underlying liver or kidney disorder is treated if possible. The tremor may then resolve. If myoclonus is severe, the same drugs used to prevent seizures (anticonvulsants), such as clonazepam or valproate, are sometimes helpful.

More information on myoclonus

What is myoclonus? - Myoclonus is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sudden, involuntary contractions of skeletal muscles.
What types of myoclonus are there? - Types of myoclonus include action myoclonus, cortical reflex myoclonus, essential myoclonus, palatal myoclonus, progressive myoclonus epilepsy.
What causes myoclonus? - There are a number of causes of myoclonus. Drugs can occasionally cause significant myoclonus. Myoclonus may develop in response to infection.
What're the symptoms of myoclonus? - Myoclonus is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sudden, involuntary contractions of skeletal muscles.
How is myoclonus diagnosed? - The diagnosis of myoclonus is based on symptoms and the results of a physical examination. Certain tests may be done to identify the cause of myoclonus.
What's the treatment for myoclonus? - Treatment of myoclonus focuses on medications that may help reduce symptoms. Physiological myoclonus does not require specific treatment.
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