Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects approximately 16.1 million Americans.8 Depression can cause ongoing sadness that changes how a person thinks, feels, and acts every day. While medication can help manage symptoms for many people, it is estimated that approximately 4 million patients do not benefit from taking standard antidepressant medication.
• Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression
• Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide
• Depression has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries
• Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden—impact on length and health of lives—worldwide
What causes depression?
While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.
While antidepressant drugs work for many people, some still do not receive adequate treatment.8 For these patients, the effects of depression can still be debilitating. These patients need a proven, safe depression treatment option.
NeuroStar® TMS Therapy safety and tolerability
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it is not a depression drug, NeuroStar TMS Therapy does not have the same side effects that are associated with traditional antidepressant medications. More than 1.6 million treatments have been performed with NeuroStar, further proving its safety and tolerability record.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is free of systemic side effects associated with specific MDD treatments
NeuroStar TMS Therapy Side Effects
In clinical trials, fewer than 5% of people discontinued treatment due to adverse events. The most common side effect was temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during therapy that usually resolves within the first week of treatment.
Other side effects (occurring in ≥5% of people and twice the rate of placebo) include eye pain, toothache, muscle twitch, facial pain, and pain of the skin.
There is a rare risk of seizure associated with TMS therapy that occurs in .01% of people. There is no adverse effect on cognition.
People should notify their doctor if they experience worsening depression symptoms, signs, or symptoms of suicidal behavior and/or unusual behavior. Family members and support individuals should also be aware of the need to observe their loved ones and notify their treatment provider if symptoms worsen.
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) should not be used with people who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head or people who have active or inactive implants such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.
Is NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Right for You?
If you agree with two or more of these statements, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) may be right for you.
• Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.
• I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
• I have had or worry about side effects from depression medications.
• I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.
• I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression.
For people with depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medication, NeuroStar TMS Therapy can offer hope—use the locator to find a doctor with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone, so talk to a NeuroStar physician to learn more about how this proven alternative depression treatment has helped other people with their depression, and whether it may help you or your loved one.