Other Names for this Disease
- Benign essential tremor
- Familial essential tremor
- Hereditary essential tremor
- Presenile tremor syndrome
- Tremor, hereditary essential, 1
- Propranolol, a drug that blocks the action of stimulating substances called neurotransmitters, particularly those related to adrenaline
- Primidone, an antiseizure drug that also control the function of some neurotransmitters
These drugs can have significant side effects.
Eliminating tremor "triggers" such as caffeine and other stimulants from the diet is often recommended. Physical therapy may help to reduce tremor and improve coordination and muscle control for some patients.
More details about the management of essential tremor can be accessed through the following web links:
- Essential tremor. MedlinePlus. 2011; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000762.htm. Accessed 5/5/2013.
- NINDS Essential Tremor Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2013; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/essential_tremor/essential_tremor.htm. Accessed 5/5/2013.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Essential tremor. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.