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Drug Treatments for Essential Tremor

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Botulinum Toxin

Botox (subtype A) and Myobloc (subtype B) are the brand names for botulinum toxin, which can be used to treat some movement problems. The drugs work by weakening  muscles to reduce tremor.  The drug also can be used to treat voice or head tremors. This treatment involves an injection once every three months.

Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or if you have myasthenia gravis, post-polio syndrome, or Eaton-Lambert syndrome. Side effects of Botox are rare but may include excessive muscle weakness or loss of appetite.

Are There Alternative Therapies for Essential Tremor?

Currently, there is no evidence that alternative treatments are beneficial in treating essential tremor. Patients who have tremors that worsen with emotional stress may find relaxation therapies helpful at temporarily easing symptoms.

Some herbal supplements may make tremor worse. Always consult your doctor before trying any alternative therapy.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on July 24, 2012
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