When essential tremor (ET) is early and mild, symptoms generally don’t interfere with daily tasks. If symptoms worsen, medication may be prescribed to reduce the speed (frequency) and amplitude (size) of motion. One type of drug used to control ET is called a beta blocker. As the name suggests, the action of the drug blocks the effect of adrenaline on specific receptors. One type is used after a heart attack to reduce risk of another attack. Others are used to regulate abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) or lower blood pressure. A type that opens up blood vessels may help lessen migraine headaches. One particular beta blocker, propranolol, is used to control ET and is usually the first choice for younger patients. When essential tremor (ET) often prevents with daily activities, long-term drug treatment is needed. Your healthcare provider will determine which treatment is best based on other medical conditions you may have and based on the safety of the drugs. The goal is to minimize the side effects of drugs while having improvement in function. With the use of medication, patients may see improvement in the ability to control tremor and improvement in functions like drinking from a cup or using food utensils. More specialized motor functions, such as being able to thread a needle, may not improve. For patients with mild ET, the effects of the condition can be lessened by the patient’s minimizing exposure to emotional stress and avoiding substances, such as caffeine and nicotine that may increase tremor. In social situations, a person with mild tremor can take a beta blocker drug (see below) or drink a small amount of alcohol if such treatments are approved by a doctor.
Essential Tremor and Dermatology Hey all, I'm a third year osteopathic medical. However, I have an inherited essential tremor that I'm starting to notice already 26 y.o. I have not tried any medication for it I.e primidone /propranolol, but am aware that many of those medications only help ~50% of the patients and only reduce the. 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.