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Over The Counter Treatment For Essential Tremor
Maybe: If you look at tremor getting worse with caffeine or stimulants, and better with alcohol or sedatives, you might consider that otc preps, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or dramamine could sedate and thus subdue the tremor. Maybe some homeopathic remedies can help. I am being creative here, as there is no real formulary of alternative meds for essential tremor, but why not try the above. Might work. ...Read more
Shaking Hands Or Tremor (Definition)
Shaky hands is a symptom in a person's hand or hands has a tremor (shakiness or small back and forth movements). Shakiness can be present at rest, all the time, or only when the person is trying to use his hands. Causes include, brain problems, nerve problems, muscle problems, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc. ...Read more
Essential tremor: Possibly propanolol (dosis has to be gradually increased) or primidone. 50% pts do not response to medical treatment. Brain stimulation there is for very frustrated pts. Some tremors may improve after drinking alcoholic beverages. ...Read more
I have essential tremor. I take propranolol as medication but obviously it does not help me so much. I heard there is no cure for this. Is it true?
I received an anwer that the botulinus toxin injection could be a more longful cure for my essential tremor. Can you give me more details please?
No cure: Some patients require only intermittent tremor reduction, such as when attending a meeting or engaging in a social activity. For these patients, a cocktail or beer prior to the activity may be sufficient. An alternative is Propranolol (10-40 mg) approximately one half hour prior to the event. Alcohol consumption is not an appropriate maintenance therapy for patients who seek tremor reduction throu. ...Read more
I have essential tremor. Its gotten worse over time - I can't eat soup with a spoon. Wine helps, but I'm a mom. Is there anything natural to help?
Postural tremor: Typical essential tremor is marked by a postural tremor (present when holding a position, but not at rest) that is worse with stress and caffeine and better with rest and small amounts of alcohol. When diagnosing essential tremor, it is important to make sure that there is no increased tone, stiffness, numbness, weakness or other symptoms suggestive of an alternative disorder. ...Read more
Essential tremor: Not to recommend excessive alcohol, but if your tremor transiently stops when you consume it, then any of the typical medications we prescribe can help but they all (propranolol, primidone, gabapentin, clonazepam) have side effects. There are natural remedies, less effective often. I avoid skullcap and valerian but they are recommended by many. Check my other answers on tremor for others. Dbs. ...Read more
I have essential tremor at the early age of 17.Medication is ruled out, as I can't concentrate. How can I reduce the tremor this in social situations?
Are you sure?: How sure are you that you have essential tremor? It is fairly rare at 17. Please be sure you have seen a capable neurologist or even a neurology specialist in movement disorders to confirm this diagnosis. There are many causes of tremor and lets make sure you correctly diagnosed first. ...Read more
Yes, not same target: Dbs is most commonly used for parkinson disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. Usually the dystonia is a generalized dystonia although it can be used for more focal dystonia ie cervical (neck) as well. The target for essential tremor is usually the thalamus, while the target for dystonia is the globus pallidus interna. If someone was having it for both disease states, a careful plan is needed. ...Read more
Tremor: The difference between the two ironically is tremor. Wereby essential tremor has a tremor, atypical parkinsonism such as that caused by progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasilar degeneration and multisystem atrophy tend not to have tremor. Also, in parkinsonism the tremor is usually at rest. In essential tremor the tremor is noticeable with use. ...Read more
Mysterious: Essential tremors are a big mystery, but it is often true that anxiety will make it worse. The good thing is that psychotherapy can help with the anxiety. Drug treatment may help too, but the side effects can make tremors worse, so be careful. I know that the tremors can be very troubling and very hard to treat. There is some hypnosis techniques that might help. Good luck. ...Read more
It is NEVER safe: To smoke cigarettes, with or without essential tremor. Essential tremor is unusual in someone your age. I am not aware of nicotine having any particular impact on tremor, one way or the other. You should be asking this of your neurologist, but considering that it is the number one preventible cause of death in the US (heart attacks, cancer, emphysema, bronchitis etc.) maybe you should be quitting. ...Read more
Many: Propranolol can be incr to as much as 320 mg a day if hr and BP permit. Primidone can be increased to as much as 750 mg/day, limited initially by n, v, and ataxia (incoordination). Other drugs are: gabapentin, alprazolam, topiramate and finally, deep brain stimulation. Tremor that does not cause impairment or embarrassment does not require treatment. ...Read more
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
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