Multiple Sclerosis: Medicines for Muscle Stiffness and Tremors
Often a combination of these medicines given in small doses is better tolerated and more effective than a larger dose of a single medicine.
Some people try alternative therapy. One study found that 97% of people who used marijuana reported improvement in spasticity and tremor.2
Carbamazepine (Tegretol), which is a seizure medicine, benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium) and clonazepam (Klonopin), and beta-blockers, especially propranolol (Inderal), may have some benefit in treating tremors caused by MS.
Severe tremors are very hard to treat. If they do not respond to medicine, surgery may be needed.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on seizure medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take seizure medicine should be watched closely for warning signs of suicide. People who take seizure medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
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