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General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
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+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

Treatment is used to ease symptoms; the most frequently used medicines are propranolol, a medicine usually used to control high blood pressure, and primidone, an anti-convulsant. How these agents work to manage tremor is unknown but they do seem to help in many patients.

Other drugs that can help are:

  • Gabapentin and topiramate: both are anti-convulsant drugs and they help to reduce shaking.
  • Alprazolam and clonazepam: these anti-anxiety or tranquiliser drugs are often prescribed.
  • Flunarizine and nimodipine: both are used to control blood pressure, but again help with tremor symptoms.

Learning to cope with essential tremor

People with essential tremor can feel better if they take control by changing their lifestyle. These are all worth trying:

  • Doing yoga or other exercises to relax
  • Avoiding caffeinated drinks
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoiding stressful situations or becoming over-tired
  • Using alternative therapies such as reflexology, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture

Other good coping strategies include using heavier utensils for eating, drinking through a straw, or using wrist weights. Physiotherapy or exercise such as swimming can also help your limbs become strong and flexible and you can try improving your diet. Weight loss can be a problem because your muscles are burning off so much energy in all those extra movements.

A healthy diet, not too high in red meat (some evidence shows eating red meat increases symptoms), and rich in fruit, vegetables, lean protein and complex carbohydrates may help you feel better generally.

Medical Admissions

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Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

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We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

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Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708Press office 020 7616 7676

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