For those with mild essential tremor, treatment is available and can be helpful. A small amount of alcohol can diminish symptoms for an hour or two in the majority of people with the condition. Although that is not the ideal way to control the disorder on a long-term basis, it can come in handy at times.
The mainstays of medical treatment are propranolol (Inderal and generic), a beta-blocker also used to treat hypertension, chest pain, and migraine headaches; and primidone (Mysoline and generic), an epilepsy drug also helpful in movement disorders.
In addition, various tranquilizers and anti-anxiety drugs have been used because the tremor tends to worsen in tension-producing situations. Surgical techniques, such as deep brain stimulation and heat ablation, are also now being employed in some very severe cases.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health August 2018 Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports chief medical advisor since 1967, is a professor emeritus of clinical medicine at New York Medical College. He is a practicing internist certified in endocrinology and metabolism.
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