18th November 2019


What medications cause myoclonic jerks?

Drugs that may cause myoclonus include levodopa, antidiarrhoeal bismuth subsalicylate, benzodiazepines, antidepressants (cyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin uptake inhibitors, monoamine oxidase inhibitors), lithium, anti-infectious agents (quinolone antibiotics, cephalosporines), clozapine, opioids,

What is a myoclonic seizure?

Myoclonic epilepsy refers to a family of epilepsies that present with myoclonus. When myoclonic jerks are occasionally associated with abnormal brain wave activity, it can be categorized as myoclonic seizure.

Is myoclonus curable?

Most of the time, however, the underlying cause can't be cured or eliminated, so treatment is aimed at easing myoclonus symptoms, especially when they're disabling. There are no drugs specifically designed to treat myoclonus, but doctors have borrowed from other disease treatment arsenals to relieve myoclonic symptoms.
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