Frequently Asked Questions
When is TMS Used?
NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is used to treat of Major Depression Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.
Is TMS Safe?
- TMS therapy has fewer side effects than antidepressants and can be tolerated by patients – as it does not require anestesia.
- The most common side effect reported is mild headache but it is usually rare.
- This therapy has no adverse effect on memory, concentration and cognition.
- Very low risk of seizure (0.003% of clinical treatments) with this therapy.
What is TMS?
The Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) is an advanced stimulator that can be controlled or adjusted according to different parameters like pulse rate, number, intensity and frequency using a computer program. It contains a coil that looks like more than one loop and is connected to the device with the help of a cable. The operator holds this coil over the head or the part to be stimulated and adjust the parameters according to patient’s requirement. The magnetic fields produced by this device is similar to those produced by MRI machines.
What are the Benefits of TMS?
- One in two patients shows significant improvement
- One in three patients experience complete cure
- No major side effects
What are the Risks of TMS?
NeuroStar advanced TMS Therapy is inadvisable to the patients with metallic objects or devices like pacemaker. Patients with serious head injuries, epilepsy or neurological problems must avoid this therapy or should take it only by prescription by a registered medical professional.
What are the Results of TMS?
TMS betters the depression condition in a few weeks of treatment. Studies show, patients respond to this advance therapy better than antidepressants. Many patients even experience complete cure on its application.
Researchers are still studying the effectiveness of TMS and believe that the therapy will stimulate the brain better as they learn more about the techniques.
How Long the Effect of TMS Last?
There are various factors that influence the effect of this advanced treatment. Hence, each patient response unique to the therapy. In most of the cases, the effect of 4-6-week treatment lasts for more than six months. For prolonged effect, many patients are suggested to take one session per month for a specified period.
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