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Is TMS therapy FDA approved?

Yes, TMS therapy was approved by the FDA for trials and treatment back in 2008. TMS therapy had proven and continues to prove itself as an effective treatment for patients suffering from a number of disorders. Although our technicians specialize in treating patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression, we have also used TMS therapy to treat

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Can I stop using anti-depression drugs if I do TMS therapy?

We have very few patients who have decided to stop taking their regular medication following TMS therapy, although we know of patients who have done so. It is entirely possible to stop taking any kind of antidepressants after TMS therapy, but maintenance sessions would essentially be a guarantee. Maintenance sessions are necessary because stopping the

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Can I also take antidepressants if I am receiving TMS therapy?

Yes. If you are already taking a course of antidepressants that are already working to some degree, even if they alone are not bringing the brain to normal, it is a good idea to keep taking them even while undergoing TMS therapy. As always, there are possible exceptions. For example, a patient with severe bipolar

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Is TMS therapy uncomfortable?

TMS therapy is delivered as a low-intensity procedure that lightly penetrates the skull and brain but without using invasive measures to alter the structure of the brain. It is designed to require little of the patient, both in time and healing energy. Having said that, TMS therapy would only be uncomfortable at higher intensities due

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Does TMS therapy cause memory loss?

No, there is absolutely no memory loss known to correspond with TMS therapy. The only known side effects with TMS therapy are the rare risk of grand mal seizure and the rare risk of fatigue. In fact, as we have learned through hundreds of patients in the last few years, it is almost a challenge

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What are the potential risks of TMS therapy?

The most serious risk involved in TMS therapy is that the procedure could trigger a grand mal seizure in the patient undergoing the process. However, the likelihood of suffering from this side effect is as little as 1 in 10,000. The risk increases substantially in patients who have a prior seizure disorder, raising the odds

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What is a typical course of TMS treatment?

As with all kinds of medical treatments, it is important to note that all patients are unique with individual differences that can alter the parameters of the treatment course. With that in mind, it is common for most patients to average about 30 treatments over the course of a month and a half; usually, the

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Does Medicare cover TMS treatment?

Medicare is a form of federal health insurance available primarily to elderly folks over the age of 65, first established back when Lyndon Johnson was the President of the United States. Currently, Medicare does cover TMS therapy treatment in patients with Medicare who are suffering from depression. It is necessary to keep alert for any

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Is TMS therapy covered by my insurance?

The short answer is that it depends on the patient’s insurance policy as well as the state in which the procedures will take place. As time goes on and more patients successfully undergo TMS therapy, more and more insurance companies begin to open up their policies to include TMS therapy treatment to qualified patients. The

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