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Does mild essential tremor require drug therapy?

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For people with mild essential tremor, drug therapy isn't usually necessary. Tremors may be lessened by minimizing exposure to emotional stress and avoiding substances, such as caffeine and nicotine, which may increase tremor. In social situations, a person with mild tremor can take a beta-blocker or drink a small amount of alcohol, if such treatments are approved by a doctor. Although alcohol may lessen the tremor, there is the danger of slowly increasing your intake.

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Mayo Clinic web site. 

International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on September 27, 2019

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic web site. 

International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on September 27, 2019

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