TMS side effects

TMS is a very safe option that has been studied for over 30 years and doesn’t have any long-term side effects.

Although during treatment some side effects may occur, it is uncommon to have to stop treatment because of them.

Most Common:

- Scalp discomfort and/or headache near where the coil is placed

- Transient tiredness

These are usually minor and patients generally develop tolerance of the first two weeks of treatment. They do not prevent patients from driving or returning to work after a treatment session.

Very Rare:

- risk of seizure (1:30,000 sessions); patients are screened for risk factors prior to treatment.

Other treatments side effects

The table below outlines the side effects from antidepressants, ECT and then those of TMS. Because of its minor side effects, TMS is usually very well tolerated and does not affect one’s quality of life.

Antidepressants side effects


Blurred vision

Dry mouth


GI distress


Sexual dysfunction

Weight gain

ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) side effects



Muscle soreness


Memory loss

TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) side effects

Temporary scalp discomfort or headache

Feeling of tiredness

At TMS Australia we carefully monitor you throughout treatment.
Our patient pathway was created to give you the highest quality of care

TMS is not the same as ECT

TMS uses painless magnetic pulses on a specific of the brain, whereas in ECT electric currents and anaesthetics affect your whole body.

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