What are possible side effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment?

Doctors report minimal side effects for the patient being treated with TMS. Some may feel a twitching or vibrating sensation around the face, cheek or scalp, or complain of a headache or muscle soreness. There is a low risk of seizure.

Who would benefit from transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Before beginning any treatment for depression, the patient should talk with his or her therapist, doctor, or other mental health treatment provider. Each patient is different and what works for one may not work for another.

TMS is used on the patient who has not responded to medication when treated for depression. Many mental health professionals report promising results from this treatment. However, the procedure is still undergoing research on its effectiveness and long-term results.

Who should not be considered for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

The TMS procedure is not recommended for patients who have a history of seizures. Those who have a metal plate in their head, or any other metal in and around their head should not have the procedure done. Braces and fillings will not interfere with the treatment.

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