How It Works
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.
Here’s what you can expect from a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) session:
- You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair.
- A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head
- NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain.
- You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head
In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy takes 18-22 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.*
NeuroStar is a safe treatment for depression
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it is not a depression drug, NeuroStar TMS Therapy does not have the same side effects that are associated with traditional antidepressant medications. More than 1.6 million treatments have been performed with NeuroStar, further proving its safety and tolerability record.5,12 NeuroStar TMS Therapy is free of systemic side effects associated with specific MDD treatments 5,12
NeuroStar TMS Therapy Side Effects
In clinical trials, fewer than 5% of people discontinued treatment due to adverse events. The most common side effect was temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during therapy that usually resolves within the first week of treatment.
Other side effects (occurring in ≥5% of people and twice the rate of placebo) include eye pain, toothache, muscle twitch, facial pain, and pain of the skin.
There is a rare risk of seizure associated with TMS therapy that occurs in .01% of people. There is no adverse effect on cognition.
People should notify their doctor if they experience worsening depression symptoms, signs, or symptoms of suicidal behavior and/or unusual behavior. Family members and support individuals should also be aware of the need to observe their loved ones and notify their treatment provider if symptoms worsen.
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) should not be used with people who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head or people who have active or inactive implants such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.