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Why are drug treatments used for essential tremor?

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When essential tremor significantly interferes with daily activities, long-term drug treatment is needed. Drugs most commonly used to treat the condition include beta-blockers (propranolol) and an epilepsy drug called primidone (Mysoline). Topiramate (Topamax), another drug used to treat epilepsy and migraine, helps some people.

With the use of medication, people with essential tremor may see improvement in their ability to control their tremor and improvement in activities such as drinking from a cup or using food utensils. More specialized motor functions, such as being able to thread a needle, may still be too difficult. However, for most people, essential tremor is not disabling

Your health care provider will determine which treatment is best for you based on your medical history.

From: Drug Treatments for Essential Tremor WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic web site. 

International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 27, 2017

SOURCES: 

Mayo Clinic web site. 

International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 27, 2017

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