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What causes tremors in hands?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: i have skaky hands temors what can i take for it im 65 my mother has it really bad one hand is sometimes more shaky the left please what can i take to improve this my kids at school always say ms XXXXXXX why are your hands shaky please help


i also going through the change i have hot flashes and im taking extrone
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Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Propranolol LA

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ms XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query. There are many causes of tremors but the most common is just essential or primary tremor, that is shaking of the hands and sometimes the head and neck without a secondary cause. It is seen more often in older adults and usually runs in families. Propranolol, a non-selective Beta blocker is usually considered in such cases. You can certainly discuss this option with your prescribing provider.

Hope this helps, wish you the best,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar (1 hour later)
thank you, have u seen good results in propranolol do u usually take it once a day
any major side affects. Does this effect any other medicine that i might be taking
thank you for your answer i already feel alot better to know that there is something out there to help me. you have been very kind...this is the first time i have every used this system talking to a doctor... its great
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Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Most welcome

Detailed Answer:
I have seen great results in many patients with propranolol, including those with thyroid disease. Despite being an older medication, it is still first-line for such indication. The main interactions would be related to other medications that slow down the heart, such as verapamil, diltiazem, metoprolol, etc. Side effects may include slower heart rate, fatigue, some changes in mood, but these are not frequent.

There is short acting propranolol that you take up to 4 times per day (I do not recommend it, too difficult to keep up with all doses) and a long-acting formulation labeled propranolol LA, that is taken once a day.


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Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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What causes tremors in hands?

Brief Answer: Propranolol LA Detailed Answer: Dear Ms XXXXXXX Thanks for the query. There are many causes of tremors but the most common is just essential or primary tremor, that is shaking of the hands and sometimes the head and neck without a secondary cause. It is seen more often in older adults and usually runs in families. Propranolol, a non-selective Beta blocker is usually considered in such cases. You can certainly discuss this option with your prescribing provider. Hope this helps, wish you the best, Dr Brenes-Salazar MD Mayo Clinic MN