Botox May Ease Multiple Sclerosis Tremors
Study Shows Botox Injections May Have a Role in Treating MS-Related Hand and Arm Tremors
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The next step is a larger study, LaRocca says. It is important to make sure that the minor muscle weakness seen in this study does not become a major problem down the road.
If you or someone you love has an MS-related tremor, "talk with a specialist who has experience in treating people with MS about the current options for tremors," he says.
Gayatri Devi, MD, says she is ready, willing, and able to try this treatment in patients with an MS tremor today. She is a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in N.Y.
"I think it is a grand idea," she says. Botox is already used for other types of tremors, so this is not a big stretch. She often uses Botox to treat overactive bladders in people with MS.
Devi is not overly concerned about the muscle weakness side effect seen in the new study. "The tremor is so disabling and crippling that it's a little bit of trade-off."