NeuroStar Safety

Clinical trials have proven the safety of NeuroStar TMS Therapy® in treating depressed patients who’ve had an inadequate response to prior antidepressant medications.

Treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy caused few side effects and was generally well tolerated by patients. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp pain or discomfort — generally mild to moderate and occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

Fewer than 5% of patients discontinued treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy due to adverse events.

Over 10,000 active treatments were performed across all NeuroStar® clinical trials demonstrating its safety:
ooooNo seizures
ooooNo systemic side effects
ooooNo weight gain
ooooNo sexual dysfunction
ooooNo sedation
ooooNo nausea
ooooNo dry mouth
ooooNo adverse effects on concentration or memory
ooooNo device-drug interactions

There is only a very low risk of seizure with TMS Therapy. The estimated risk of seizure under ordinary clinical use is approximately 1 in 30,000 treatments (0.003% of treatments) or 1 in 1000 patients (0.1% of patients). Such seizures, in the unlikely event of occurrence, are likely to be very brief and non-recurrent.

All patients with Major Depressive Disorders should be monitored for worsening symptoms, signs or symptoms of suicidal behavior and/or unusual behavior, even during the initial weeks of TMS, before treatment results have become evident. Families and caregivers should also be aware of the need to observe patients and notify their treatment provider if symptoms worsen during this period.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used (is contraindicated) in patients with implanted metallic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head. Braces and dental implants are safe. NeuroStar TMS Therapy should be used with caution in patients with implants controlled by physiological signals. This includes pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).


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