Essential tremor

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What is essential tremor?

A relatively common disorder characterized by a fairly specific pattern of tremors which are most prominent in the upper extremities and neck. The tremor is usually mild, but when severe may be disabling. An autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance may occur in some families.

Common symptoms reported by people with essential tremor

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with essential tremor

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
essential tremor (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
essential tremor (20) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (6) essential tremor (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (4) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)

Data from patients with essential tremor, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with essential tremor

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mysoline)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (14 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness bipolar rapid cycling 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
essential tremor (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sinus bradycardia burning sensation 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
essential tremor (20) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations balance problems 20 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6) essential tremor (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems breathing difficulty 11 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
edema in lower extremities excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (6) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood bipolar rapid cycling 7 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 7 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with essential tremor, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has essential tremor on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 25
30s 66
40s 121
50s 161
60s 193
70+ 104
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 87
20-29 years 39
30-39 years 55
40-49 years 64
50-59 years 58
60-69 years 30
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 362
Not Diagnosed 35

These charts show data from essential tremor patients who have completed their condition history
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