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
25
Tried for
essential tremor (24) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (4) essential tremor (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
essential tremor (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
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 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness bipolar rapid cycling 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
essential tremor (27)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (24 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation decreased appetite 8 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
essential tremor (24) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems breathing difficulty 12 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations balance problems 20 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (4) essential tremor (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (7)
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 (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for essential tremor (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anger hives (urticaria) 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
essential tremor (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
heart rate low (bradycardia) intoxicated feeling 5 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches vomiting 1 more
Total evaluations
7
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 5
20s 29
30s 66
40s 130
50s 180
60s 223
70+ 129
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 95
20-29 years 42
30-39 years 55
40-49 years 70
50-59 years 63
60-69 years 33
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 243
Female 527

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 420
Not Diagnosed 39

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