TMS is considered to be a very well tolerated treatment that has fewer side effects when compared to other depression treatments like ECT or medication. In studies there are very few dropouts. Safety for TMS has been looked at extensively and it is generally accepted as a very safe treatment option. Despite this, mild TMS side effects may occur, especially in the first few sessions. We have outlined the possible TMS side effects here;
Syncope: this means feeling faint. This is more common in younger and more anxious patients and this is more common in patients who have had similar experiences with other medical procedures such as dental procedures. While this is an uncomfortable feeling and slightly embarrassing, it is not dangerous.
Headache: mild headache may occur after the treatment session has finished. Usually this requires only mild pain killers such as Panadol. If headaches do occur, they are more likely to happen during and after the initial treatment sessions.
Scalp irritation: Some patients also complain of a mild pain over the scalp during or after the treatment. Mild pain killers such as Panadol or Neurofen usually resolved this. Typically this occurs more frequently in the first few treatments and subsides as treatment progresses.
Seizures (fits): When TMS is used within the safe levels that have been researched, seizures are extremely unlikely to occur. Despite this our staff will monitor for changes in medication, caffeine use or other things that increase your risk of seizures during your treatment.
Change in energy: occasionally patients may experience elevated energy and difficulty sleeping after TMS. If this occurs usually your doctor can help you with thus while continuing treatment.
The best thing about TMS is that it isn’t associated with significant side effects associated with medication therapy like weight fluctuation, sexual dysfunction, drowsiness. To read more about the benefits of TMS, Click Here
Should you be concerned about the TMS side effects we encourage you to talk to the team at Sydney TMS to go through the information.