NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy® is an FDA-cleared non-invasive medical treatment for patients with major depression who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.*
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is precisely targeted at a key area of the brain known to be underactive in depression sufferers. NeuroStar® uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate that area to restore it to normal function and lift your depression.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is bringing new hope every day to people suffering from major depression. NeuroStar TMS Therapy® may not be right for everyone, so please set up a consultation now with Dr. Middleton to learn more about how this proven depression treatment may help.
1. Is NeuroStar TMS Therapy® safe?
Yes, NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is FDA approved, by perscription only and is considered an outpatient procedure.
2. TMS is also being studied and used "off-label” for...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
3. Are there side effects?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® has a very favorable side effect profile and is free of any negative side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with treatment is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area - generally mild to moderate.
4. Pregnancy and TMS
The research that has been conducted shows that NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is a safer option for treating depression for women, who are expecting, than some antidepressant medications. "As no sedation or analgesia is required, TMS offers a potent CNS active treatment without exposing the fetus to the effects of drugs that cross the placenta.” (Tjoa, Pare & Kim, 2010) "In all cases which have been reported in the literature, maternal depression improved. Although these are case reports only, these reports suggest that TMS may be a viable option for depression during pregnancy both as a primary treatment and as an adjunctive treatment.”
(Tjoa, Pare & Kim, 2010) Reference: Tjoa, C., Pare, E., & Kim, D. (2010). Unipolar Depression During Pregnancy: Nonpharmalogic Treatment Options. Womens Health 6(4), p565-576.
5. Who should not have NeuroStar TMS Therapy® treatments?
The Neurostar TMS Therapy® system is contraindicated for use in patients who have metallic objects (conductive, ferromagnetic, or other magnetic sensitive metals) on or near the head, within 30cm of the treatment coil. Examples include: cochlear implants, implanted electrodes/stimulators, aneurysm clips or coils, stents, bullet fragments, jewelry, and hair barrettes. (Note: dental fillings, braces etc. are generally fine.)
6. NeuroStar TMS Therapy® in the News
Check out this link to read up on the latest buzz about NeuroStar TMS Therapy® in the media!