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A 27-year-old male asked:

If propofol can cause myoclonic jerks than how can it raise the siezure threshold?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Colin Sanner
Neurology 21 years experience
Anesthetic vs AED: Propofol is an anesthetic med used to induce coma or sedation. One way to stop status epilepticus is medication-induced coma. However, while Propofol can induce coma, it is not an antiepileptic drug (AED) such as Lorazepam or phenobarbital. Thus, Propofol can induce coma to stop a protracted seizure and simultaneously lower (not raise) the seizure threshold. Good question! good luck!
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 31 years experience
well....: Myoclonus is not necessarily the same as seizures. Not all myoclonus is epileptic.
Last updated Feb 9, 2017

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