Nervous system disorders

Tremor

(Essential tremor)

About Tremor

Tremors are unintentional trembling or shaking movements in one or more parts of your body. Most tremors occur in the hands. You can also have arm, head, face, vocal cord, trunk, and leg tremors. Tremors are most common in middle-aged and older people, but anyone can have them.

The cause of tremors is a problem in the parts of the brain that control muscles in the body or in specific parts of the body, such as the hands. They commonly occur in otherwise healthy people. They may also be caused by problems such as

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dystonia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Alcohol abuse and withdrawal
  • Certain medicines

Some forms are inherited and run in families. Others have no known cause.

There is no cure for most tremors. Treatment to relieve them depends on their cause. In many cases, medicines and sometimes surgical procedures can reduce or stop tremors and improve muscle control. Tremors are not life threatening. However, they can be embarrassing and make it hard to perform daily tasks.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Top Medications for Tremor according to our users

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  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Propranolol
    55%
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
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All Medications for Tremor

  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

  • Anti-anxiety > Benzodiazepine

    • Klonopin
      (Clonazepam)
      Prescription only

      Klonopin (Clonazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and to treat seizures. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet

Anticonvulsant

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Tremor

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What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Accepting that I will live with this for the rest of my life. Accepting that and insisting on enjoying life anyways. Doing things that I want to experience helps me cope
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Meditation - with medication
  • Deep Brain Surgery