What To Expect From TMS Therapy
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is available to patients by prescription only and is delivered under the supervision of a psychiatrist.
Short, simple outpatient procedure.
Your NeuroStar TMS Therapy® treatment session is a short outpatient procedure lasting less than 40 minutes. During treatment, you can relax in the treatment chair and speak with the system operator whenever necessary. After the procedure you can immediately return to your normal routine, including driving. Because your psychiatrist needs to determine how to most effectively administer your individual TMS treatment, your first session could last up to 90 minutes. You will be asked to wear protective earplugs, as the system emits a tapping sound during operation similar to an MRI exam. Once your psychiatrist completes your first session and understands the optimal way to administer TMS therapy for you, they will then administer each subsequent TMS Therapy® session over a 37-minute period. In 30-second intervals, the TMS device will deliver rapid “pulses” of the magnetic field which feel like tapping on your scalp. Some patients may find this tapping uncomfortable. Your physician may be able to make adjustments to reduce this discomfort.
After your TMS therapy procedure.
Immediately following each treatment session, you may return to your normal daily routine, including driving. During or after treatment you may experience headache or discomfort at the site of stimulation. These common side effects often lessen as you become more accustomed to the treatment sessions. If side effects persist, your doctor can make adjustments to make treatment more comfortable.
Results to expect from TMS.
Clinical trials reported that most patients who benefited from NeuroStar TMS Therapy experienced results by the fourth week of treatment. Some patients may experience results in less time, while others may take longer. You should discuss your depression symptoms with your physician throughout the treatment course. If symptoms persist or worsen, you should discuss this with your doctor and to consider other antidepressant treatment options.