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There are a number of other prescription medications available other
then the ones you tried which are often prescribed to treat BET. The
primary family of drugs which is used to treat it are called
beta-blockers. Propanolol falls into this category. Often times
these drugs are said to have a calming and relaxing effect.
Other beta-blockers which are used to treat BET are:
Another line of treatment used are anti-seizure medications which is
the drug class that primidone falls into. I ran across this in the
course of my research which I thought was interesting:
"often patients will find the first dose of primidone difficult to
tolerate - a suggested regime would be a quarter of a 250mg tablet at
night, building up very slowly to 250 mg tds over a period of six
weeks or so (2); despite the very slow titration patients may complain
of sedation as a side effect"
Some of the alternatives to primidone I was able to find are:
*busiprone 5mg tds
*clonazepam 0.5 - 3mg daily in divided doses.
Other drugs which are used to treat BET include:
*botulinum A toxin - haemagglutinin complex (BOTOX)
"Two RCTs in people with essential hand tremor found that botulinum A
toxin?haemagglutinin complex improved clinical rating scales at 4?12
weeks. They found no consistent improvement in motor tasks or
functional disability. Hand weakness, which is dose dependent and
transient, is a frequent adverse effect. We found no RCTs addressing
long term outcomes."
One of the other non-prescription treatments I found was mild amounts of alcohol.
"Alcoholic beverages in small quantities may markedly decrease tremors
but can lead to alcohol dependence if used in excess. The mechanism by
which alcohol decreases an essential tremor is unknown."
As a general rule stimulants such as coffee and nicotine should be
avoided. Also you should try to reduce the stress in your life as a
means to help fight it. The last alternative treatment I was able to
find is called bio-feedback. More information about biofeedback in
general can be found here:
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