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that he always packs his Dosette box on a
Sunday. As he is now taking propranolol
twice daily, he realises when he hasn't
taken his morning medicines later in the
day, when he goes to take his second
propranolol dose. When this occurs he
takes this morning group of medicines
and misses his afternoon propranolol. His
adherence to his medications is better
according to his dispensing record.
The importance of identifying customers
with potential for not understanding the
appropriate administration of their
medicines is essential to ensuring
that customers get the greatest
benefit from their medicines. Regular
follow-up with these customers will
increase the likelihood that they will
comply, adhere and persist with their
Many patients with ET go undiagnosed.
Pharmacists are in an ideal position
to refer patients with queries about
tremor to the doctor, as many patients
find that there are suitable options to
manage their condition.
1. Which of the following are NOT a sign
or symptom of essential tremor?
b) Hand tremor.
c) Head tremor.
d) Gait abnormalities.
2. Which of the following statements is
a) Parkinson's disease is the most
common differential diagnosis of ET.
b) Essential tremor commonly results in
tremor at rest.
c) Essential tremor becomes more
common as age increases.
d) There is no biological marker for
3. In regards to the treatment of
essential tremor, which of the
following is CORRECT?
a) Alcohol should be avoided by all
patients with essential tremor.
b) All beta-blockers have been shown
to be effective in the treatment of
c) Propranolol reduces tremor by around
d) Primidone is commenced at a dose of
250 mg at night.
4. Which of the following is NOT a
barrier to compliance, adherence and
persistence with medication?
a) Literacy issues with the patient.
b) Cost of medication.
c) Potential for adverse effects.
d) Having a good relationship with the
5. Unless contraindications exist, the
treatment of first choice for essential
c) botulinum toxin.
A score of 4 out of 5 attracts 1 CPD credit.
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2. Ferreira J, Sampaio C. Essential tremor. Clinical Evidence. 2006;
3. Deuschl G, Raethjen J, Hellriegel H, et al. Treatment of patients
with essential tremor. Lancet Neurol. 2011; 10:148--61.
4. Therapeutic Guidelines: Essential tremor and related conditions
[CD]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines; 2011.
5. Tarsy D. Pharmocological treatment of essential tremor. Up To
Date [online]. 2011 [accessed Oct 2011]. At: www.uptodate.
6. Australian Medicines Handbook: Propranolol. Adelaide: AMH;
7. Tarsy D. Surgical treatment of essential tremor. Up
To Date [online]. 2010 [accessed Oct 2011]. At: www.
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PSA's CPD&PI program. It is also part of the New
Zealand College of Pharmacists (NZCP) education
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CPD credits are allocated as follows: a minimum
of 6 out of 8 questions correct attracts 1.5 credits,
a minimum of 4 out of 5 questions correct
attracts 1 credit, and a minimum of 3 out of
4 questions correct attracts three quarters of
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