Currently, there is no cure for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Researchers have tested many drugs, including acyclovir, amantidine, antibiotics, antiviral agents, interferon and steroids. None has shown consistent benefit.
Treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Drugs can help relieve pain if it occurs. The drugs clonazepam and sodium valproate may help relieve myoclonus or irregular, jerking movements.
Researchers at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center are trying to identify compounds for treatment or a cure for CJD and other diseases caused by the infectious particles called prions.
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