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TMS Therapy Basics
What Is TMS?
How Does TMS Therapy work?
Who is TMS suitable for?
While TMS Therapy is considered to be a well-tolerated treatment with very few limitations, there are some patients it is not suitable for:
- Patients with a history of seizures
- Patients with any type of non-removable metal in their heads (with the exception of braces or dental fillings)
- Patients with any type of non-removable metal within twelve inches of the coil should not receive TMS Therapy
What is a typical course of treatment?
Success And Safety Of TMS
Is TMS Therapy safe?
To date, more than 30,000 patients have been treated with TMS Therapy. In the 10,000 treatments during the clinical trials, the most common side effect was mild to moderate scalp discomfort and mild headache, both of which usually went away after the first week of treatment.
Are there side effects?
In clinical trials, over 10,000 TMS treatments demonstrated its safety, with no occurrence of seizures. However, there is a small risk of a seizure occurring during treatment, although this risk is no greater than what has been observed with oral antidepressant medications.
Has TMS Therapy been cleared or approved by the FDA?
Is TMS Therapy uncomfortable?
However, there are some side effects that may cause mild to moderate discomfort. The most common side effect is scalp irritation and headaches. These and all observed side effects are acute and should only last temporarily.
What Benefits Can I Expect From TMS?
How long before I feel differently or better?
What are some benefits of TMS Therapy?
Unlike medications and other forms of depression treatment, TMS is not associated with the common side effects of weight gain, sexual problems, sleepiness or memory loss. TMS is ideal because it has none of the side effects of tradition medications and because it is a noninvasive procedure, it does not involve surgery or sedation of any kind.
Although TMS was originally used in the treatment of depression, it can also be effective in the treatment of a wide range of different disorders, including Tinnitus, Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), PTSD, and Postpartum Depression. TMS is also undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Does TMS Therapy cause brain tumors? How about memory loss?
How long do the results of TMS last?
TMS vs. Other Treatments
Is TMS like Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?
What is the main difference between TMS and antidepressants?
Do I take my medication(s) while receiving TMS? After?
Is brain imaging necessary for TMS Therapy for depression?
Cost & Coverages
How much does TMS Therapy cost if paid out of pocket?
Is TMS covered by my insurance?
What if my insurance doesn’t cover TMS Therapy?
In some cases, or for treatment outside of depression, your insurance provider may not cover any costs of TMS Therapy. Then the burden of payment falls squarely on the shoulders of the patient. However, NeuroStim has options to help patients handle the costs of TMS Therapy, including use of credit cards and Patient Financing Loans.