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Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy Treatment
Best described by janz in young women. Often with early morning muscle jerks and spasms but can also have associated convulsions. Fairly common and often develops during adolescence. Can be outgrown, but often continues as a primary generalized epilepsy. Eeg pattern very characteristic. Responds to specific medications especially depakote, zonegran, keppra, ? ...Read more
Gone with time: Most cases of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (jme) do have to remain on some medication for many years. There are some cases where they are able to discontinue medication within a couple years of treatment. This is not a cure, but is a condition of resolution of the condition with time. There is no specific treatment that is designed to cure. Medications help control as well as good health habits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A form of epilepsy..: Usually seen in adolescents - described as involuntary spasms (or jerking) of an upper extremity (such as flinging a comb or a toothbrush) which may, about 1/4 of the time, also demonstrate generalized seizures later in life. Most do not, however. Usually worse in kids that are overly fatigued (e.g. Staying up late/poor sleep) and can sometimes be attributed to "typical teen behavior". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Petit mal sz's: Aka impulsive petit mal is a generalized idiopathic epilepsy of childhood. It typically occurs in otherwise healthy adolescents and is characterized by the triad of myoclonic jerks, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and absence seizures (also called petit mal). Seizures usually occur upon awakening or in association with sleep deprivation. Patients respond quickly and completely to antiepileptics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Are seizures more likely to happen at night or in the afternoon?
Myoclonic seizures: are most likely to occur around the time of awakening. Other seizure types associated with JME can occur in sleep more than when awake (focal seizures, GTC, secondarily generalized GTC) Absence seizures tend to be brought out by hyperventilation if they occur at all. No two cases, to me, are identical making diagnosis a bit tricky. Best of luck. (Treat with Depakote, Keppra or Lamictal) ...Read more
I was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in 2009 (at age 15). Have remained seizure free since then. Can I discontinue Levera XR 750 now?
Seizures : Stopping seizure meds can be an option. However not without close medical supervision. Talk with your doctor. Find out if the time is right. Going off these meds needs to be done gradually so as to not trigger a seizure again. It must be a great feeling to be seizure free. Staying without seizures is the goal. Do it with the council of your doctor ! ...Read more
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