Drug-induced tremors

Lancet Neurol. 2005 Dec;4(12):866-76. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(05)70250-7.


Tremor is a common complaint for many patients. Caffeine and beta-adrenergic agonists are well-recognised drugs that cause or exacerbate tremors. Other tremorogenic drugs, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants, are less well recognised. Recognition of the drugs that can cause or exacerbate tremors can help prompt diagnosis, avoids unnecessary tests, and allows clinicians to quickly take corrective action (usually by discontinuing the tremor-inducing drugs). The aim of this review is to provide clinicians with current information on drugs that are associated with tremor and the correct treatment of these drug-induced tremors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-Agonists / adverse effects
  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Anticonvulsants / adverse effects
  • Antidepressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Humans
  • Tremor / chemically induced*
  • Tremor / classification
  • Tremor / therapy


  • Adrenergic beta-Agonists
  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents