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What type of medications are used to treat familial tremor and what are usual side effects?

What type of medications are used to treat familial tremor and what are usual side effects?

Here are a few: Inderal, and other beta-blockers, effective, but cause cognitive clouding, fainting due to decreased blood pressure and slowing pulse, depression, asthmatic attacks, exercise intolerance, fatigue. Xanax, (alprazolam) less sedation, but habit forming, and minimally effective, must use several times daily. Primidone, works well, but drowsiness, fatigue, asthenia, lassitude, dizziness and need to take frequent. ...Read more

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Tremor (Definition)

A tremor is an unintentional trembling or shaking movement in a part of the body, and usually occurs in the hands. It can occur in healthy individuals, but tremors are also present in brain diseases ...Read more


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Can a hereditary familial tremor go away when the child gets older ?

Can a hereditary familial tremor go away when the child gets older ?

Familial Tremor: It is usually bilateral affecting both hands , head and voice, minimal and absent at rest.It tends to increase with age but benign. ...Read more

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Whats benign essential tremor?

Action tremor: Also called action tremor , senile tremor, or familial tremor, this is shaking, usually in the upper extremities associated with activity as opposed to a rest tremor as seen in parkinsons disease. Sometimes it is a central tremor presenting as head bobbing. "essential" means the cause is unknown. There are various medications that can help reduce the tremor. ...Read more

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What is benign essential tremor?

Common type: These are tremors that occur on attempt to use hands such as eating with spoon or writing or trying to hold a cup as opposed to the tremors of parkinson which occur at rest and disappear with action. Benign is misnomer but these are not life threatening. ...Read more

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Benign essential tremor in young children?

Benign essential tremor in young children?

Second opinion: Unless your child was diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist, i would reccommend a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is there benign essential tremor in young children?

Is there benign essential tremor in young children?

ESSENTIAL TREMOR: Benign hereditary tremor is bilateral slow course or fine affecting the head , hand, or voice. The tremor is minimal or absent at rest and tends to increase with age. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: benign essential tremor?

What is the definition or description of: benign essential tremor?

Postural tremor: Usually hereditary and benign, it is a tremor of arms, lesser head (no-no type), perhaps legs when elevating or sustaining limb. Often self-limited, but can be assoc on occas with parkinsons, and we now have found some pts with this who have peculiar cognitive and gait problems due to frontal-cerebellar projection problems. ...Read more

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What to do if I need help with a 504 plan for benign essential tremors?

504 plan for tremor: If your essential tremor is severe enough to interfere with normal activities, and does not respond adequately to appropriate treatments, then you may need a 504 plan. You should consult a neurologist about both treatment options and about possible 504 plans. ...Read more