Anti-Seizure Medication May Help Treat Essential Tremor

According to information from the American Academy of Neurology’s most recent treatment guideline, an antiseizure drug called primidone (Mysoline) as well as propranolol (Inderal), which is used to treat high blood pressure, are the best medications to use when treating shaking in patients that are suffering from an essential tremor.

Essential tremor is characterized by the same types of tremors that are experienced by those who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease (which it is often misdiagnosed as) and affects as many as 10 million people in the United States alone. Essential tremor is also the most common type of tremor disorder. This particular condition generally begins after the age of 40 and can affect the hands, head and voice. The condition can also affect a patient’s quality of life as it can make various common tasks difficult. Some of those tasks the condition can affect include eating, writing, shaving and sewing.

In addition, there is hope for the patients who don’t benefit from drug treatments in the form of surgery. There are two types of brain surgery that can be performed that may help with the tremors. Those surgeries are deep brain stimulation and a thalamotomy. The guideline, which is endorsed by the International Essential Tremor Foundation, has been published in the online journal Neurology.

While the antiseizure medication Topamax can also help treat essential tremor, it is known to cause birth defects in the babies of women who take it during pregnancy. Some of the birth defects that Topamax can cause include cleft palate, limb defects, heart defects and other congenital defects, cranio-facial defects, spina bifida and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

If you have taken Topamax while pregnant and your baby was born with birth defects, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced with fighting Topamax lawsuits and I may be able to help you recover for your baby’s injuries.

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