NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression* who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “transcranial magnetic stimulation.”
The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system is the first and only TMS Therapy® device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of depression.
TMS Therapy is a non-systemic (does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body) and non-invasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation, which stimulates nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression, by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses.
Patients being treated by NeuroStar TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remain awake and alert. It is a 40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist and performed in a psychiatrist’s office. The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks.
“I AM A 72-YR OLD FEMALE WHO HAS HAD A LONG HISTORY OF DEPRESSION. MEDICATIONS HAVE HAD A LOT OF UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS, SO WHEN IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT I TRY THE TMS TREATMENT, I WAS VERY WILLING TO GIVE IT A TRY. AFTER SOME TREATMENTS, MY DEPRESSION LIFTED SIGNIFICANTLY AND THERE HAVE BEEN NO SIDE EFFECTS TO DEAL WITH. MY ACTIVITY LEVEL INCREASED; THERE WAS NO LONGER A STRUGGLE TO ENJOY WHAT I WAS DOING. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE TMS TREATMENT TO ANYONE THAT IS LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT TO MEDICATIONS.”
What is TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression* who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment.
TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.”
TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under their supervision, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy system. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:
- Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
- Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the blood stream throughout the body.
The typical initial treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.