Hereditary hyperekplexia

How might hereditary hyperekplexia be treated?

Hereditary hyperekplexia is commonly treated with the anti-anxiety and anti- spastic drug clonazepam. Other medications which have been helpful for some people include carbamazepine, phenytoin, diazepam, valproate, 5-hydroxytryptophan, piracetam, phenobarbital, and fluoxetine. In some cases, a combination of treatments (i.e. clobazam and clonazepam) may be needed.

If fear of falling has limited a person's willingness to go outside their home and/or caused the development of a cautious walking style, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and/or physical therapy, in combination with the medication to control the startle reflex and rigidity period, may help reduce anxiety, improve confidence in walking, and improve the person's quality of life.

Last updated on 05-01-20

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