Essential Tremor is typically treated with beta blockers, such as propranolol, available in NZ as Cardinol®; or with anti-seizure medication containing primidone, available in NZ as Apo-Primidone®. Both are funded by Pharmac.

The International Essential Tremor Foundation website contains a very informative FAQs (facts) page, discussing basic information and treatment options. It is well worth a look.

Interesting Note

Some ET sufferers may find that an occasional alcoholic drink provides relief from tremors, and there is a pharmacological/scientific basis for such an effect. New research is attempting to create medicinal compounds that mimic alcohol’s tremor relief without the intoxicating side effects.

"Essential tremor: symptoms and treatment." By J.Y. Wick and G.R. Zanni, In: Consult Pharm. 2008 May;23(5): pgs. 364-70, 375-7. The authors are from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Abstract: Essential tremor (ET), traditionally considered benign, is a serious neurologic condition with life-altering repercussions. Its involuntary, rhythmic oscillations involve alternating, irregular, or simultaneous contractions of agonist and antagonist muscles. It is the most common of the 20 known tremor disorders and often confused with Parkinson's disease. Numerous drugs can aggravate ET, and alcohol consumption may alleviate it. Its etiology is unknown.  Proven drug treatments are currently limited to propranolol and primidone. This article reviews ET with examples from history to demonstrate points.

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