Successful Treatment of Primary Orthostatic Tremor Using Perampanel

  • Anant Wadhwa
  • Sara M. Schaefer


Background: Primary orthostatic tremor (POT) remains a therapeutic conundrum. Various medication classes have been tried, yielding modest results at best.

Case Report: A 62-year-old female with a 13-year history of POT, refractory to clonazepam up to 20 mg/day, was treated with perampanel 1–2 mg/day. She reported 90% subjective symptomatic improvement.

Discussion: This case highlights the potential for use of perampanel, a novel AMPA (α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid) receptor antagonist for the treatment of POT. There has been one prior report citing its use for POT with complete resolution of symptoms. We encourage further studies to highlight its efficacy for POT.

Keywords: Orthostatic tremor, leg tremor, instability, treatment, perampanel, antiepileptic

Citation: Wadhwa A, Schaefer SM. Successful treatment of primary orthostatic tremor using perampanel. Tremor Other Hyperkinet Mov. 2019; 9. doi: 10.7916/tohm.v0.681