Journal of Neurology

, Volume 235, Issue 3, pp 168–170 | Cite as

Primidone and essential tremor

  • S. Seyfert
  • A. Honé
  • G. Holl
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Summary

To clarify whether primidone itself, and not only its metabolite phenobarbitone, suppresses essential tremor, the effect of a high single dose of primidone was tested. Of 11 patients, 8 showed a reduction of their tremor by 54%–69% for up to 28h. The serum concentration of primidone was as expected, whereas those of the metabolites phenyl-ethylmalonamide and phenobarbitone were very low. The tremor suppression can thus be considered to be an effect of primidone. Three of the 11 patients did not show a reduction of tremor.

Key words

Primidone Essential tremor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Seyfert
    • 1
  • A. Honé
    • 1
  • G. Holl
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurologische KlinikFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 45
  2. 2.Abteilung für Klinische Neurophysiologie, Klinikum SteglitzFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 45

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