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.
- 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.
- risk of seizure (1:30,000 sessions); patients are screened for risk factors prior to treatment.
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
ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) side effects
TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) side effects
Temporary scalp discomfort or headache
Feeling of tiredness