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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Magnets for Depression

Benefits & Risks of TMS

Q: How do I know if TMS is right for me?

A: Currently TMS is at the experimental stage and not generally available. However, if it does gain wider acceptance, likely TMS would be prescribed to people who are severely depressed or to people who were not successful with other treatments. This would need to be discussed with your doctor.

Q: What are the risks or side effects of TMS?

A: So far, TMS seems to be relatively side-effect free. Studies show that about one in five people will develop a mild headache after they receive TMS that goes away with aspirin or acetaminophen.

Q: Will my doctor believe this is a legitimate treatment for my depression?

A: TMS is still considered an experimental treatment for depression in the United States, and has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, with more trials being done throughout the world, the acceptance of TMS as a legitimate treatment for depression is increasing.

Q: Where can I get TMS? How expensive is it?

A: Since TMS as a treatment for depression is currently being studied, it is not available yet to the general public. TMS treatment in the United States is taking place only as part of clinical trials. Cost may be determined once the treatment reaches the market.

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