We review the latest literature on the neuropharmacological treatments for acquired nystagmus. Nystagmus may have a significantly impact on health, yet there is little scientific evidence on which to make firm recommendations for treatment. Acquired pendular nystagmus may respond to gabapentin or memantine; downbeat and upbeat nystagmus to aminopyridines; and periodic alternating nystagmus to baclofen. To improve treatment we need multi-centre, randomised controlled trials using standardised techniques in reporting objective outcomes, with good follow-up duration and careful reporting of side effects.
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Provenance and peer review commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by Mark Lawden, Leicester, UK.