Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Brain & Nervous System Health Center

Font Size

Diagnosing Essential Tremor

If you are having symptoms of essential tremor (ET), you should seek the care of a neurologist. During the evaluation, your doctor will ask you questions about your health, your family medical history, medicines you may be taking, and any surgeries you have had. You should tell your doctor about factors that worsen or alleviate the tremor.

The doctor will perform a thorough evaluation, noting what part of your body is affected by tremor, when it occurs, and if there is evidence of other features that could indicate a movement disorder other than ET. Imaging tests such as MRI and CT scans are not helpful in diagnosing essential tremor, but they may be performed to rule out other possible tremor causes.

Recommended Related to Brain & Nervous System

Roses for Autism

When Jim Lyman worried about his son’s future, one that involved the challenges of autism, he thought of roses. Lyman approached an old friend, Tom Pinchbeck, whose family owned Pinchbeck’s Rose Farm, in Guilford, CT., with an unconventional idea—turn the recently closed rose farm into a program that hires and trains individuals along the autism spectrum. From this initial idea blossomed Roses for Autism, a program that provides training, guidance and employment opportunities for older students...

Read the Roses for Autism article > >

Besides Essential Tremor, What Else Causes Tremors?

Tremors can be caused by a variety of other conditions or lifestyle factors. What differentiates them is the timing of the tremor. It is important to ascertain whether the tremors occur at rest, with sustained posture, or with certain movements.

Several different types of medications and drugs may cause tremor. These include:

Other causes of tremor may include:

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on September 20, 2014

Today on WebMD

nerve damage
Learn how this disease affects the nervous system.
senior woman with lost expression
Know the early warning signs.
woman in art gallery
Tips to stay smart, sharp, and focused.
medical marijuana plant
What is it used for?
senior man
boy hits soccer ball with head
red and white swirl
marijuana plant
brain illustration stroke
nerve damage
Alzheimers Overview
Graphic of number filled head and dna double helix