Familial tremors and Migraines?

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    I have had familial tremors and migraines as long as I can remember. I started taking 15mgs of Inderal at the age of 16. I am now in my 40's and am up to 160mgs twice a day to control my shakes and migraines. The older I get the worse they get. Is there a better medication I can take in smaller doses?


    It is so embarrassing working in the public and everyone staring like you are having dts from drugs or alcohol! Not to mention the daily headaches! My mom was given Lyrica for migraine prevention and tremors! Has their been a study on this and how well does it work?


    Like mother like daughter I guess! I inherited both from her! I just want relief from migraines and tremors! Help! Thanks, Glinda.

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    Full Answer:

    Dear Glinda;


    Yes, essential tremor (ET) is very familial. I have a left hand tremor, same as my father had. Primidone may be an alternative or add-on med for the ET. There have been small <igraine studies with Lyrica for Migraine. Perhaps a two-fer might be accomplished with topiramate, which can help migraines and has been published as reducing ET.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: May 25, 2011