Pharmacologic treatment of tremor

Mov Disord. 1998;13 Suppl 3:90-100. doi: 10.1002/mds.870131316.


Tremor is a common neurologic symptom that can also be incapacitating to the patient, so effective therapy is needed. The causes of tremor are heterogeneous. Essential tremor (ET) and the tremor associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) are the most common encountered in clinical practice. Beta-adrenergic blockers and primidone remain the mainstay of treatment for ET, whereas carbidopa/levodopa and anticholinergics are most beneficial in PD. However, the efficacy of various other medications has been studied in ET and PD, and also in patients with tremor resulting from other conditions, with varying results.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy*
  • Tremor / drug therapy*