Antidepressants Not Working?
Let NeuroStar Help!
- FDA Cleared
- not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy)
- long lasting symptom relief
- covered by most insurance
- no side effects of drugs
- over 1 million treatments delivered
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy. This novel treatment option provides benefits without the side effects often associated with antidepressant medication.2, 3, 4
What is NeuroStar TMS Therapy2
(Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation):
- Uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses
- Magnetic pulses similar to those used in MRI
- Stimulates key areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression
- Is conducted right in the doctor’s office
Facts about NeuroStar TMS Depression Treatment
- Patients are awake and alert during treatment
- Patients can go back to their normal activities immediately after treatment
- In-office treatment takes 19 to 37 minutes
- Treatment is administered 5 days a week, for approximately 4 to 6 weeks
With over 775 NeuroStar systems providing therapy, and more than one million treatments performed, this novel treatment approach to achieving remission is bringing new hope to patients every day.2
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone. Talk to a NeuroStar physician about how this proven depression treatment can help and whether it is right for you.
Learn how NeuroStar TMS Therapy has helped reduce symptoms in people living with depression.
What are the current approved treatments for depression?
There are non-drug and drug therapies available to treat depression. Depression is often initially treated with psychotherapy (talk therapy) and antidepressant medication administered together. Although antidepressants can be effective for some patients, they do not work for everybody. Additionally, antidepressants often result in unwanted side effects.
Many patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medication and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them.1 For these patients, alternative treatments that involve the use of a medical device are available. These treatments include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).1
What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses short pulses of a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels.
What treatments are available for depression?
Both non-drug and drug therapies are available to treat depression. Depression is often treated first with psychotherapy (talk therapy) and antidepressant medication administered together. Although antidepressants can be effective for some patients, they do not work for everyone. Also, there can often be unwanted side effects from antidepressant drugs.
When first-line antidepressant drugs are not effective, other depression treatment options may be considered:
- Patients can be switched to a different type of antidepressant medication (such as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)
- Patients may have another medication, such as lithium or thyroid supplement, added to their current antidepressant medication
- Patients may have an atypical antipsychotic medication added to their antidepressant medication
Adding more depression medications can result in additional unwanted side effects.
TMS Therapy for depression
For patients who do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medication and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them, other treatments with a medical device are available.1 One of these treatments is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The 2010 Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression cites TMS as an appropriate treatment option for patients who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.10
TMS uses short pulses of a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. The pulsed magnetic field may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels. Treating depression with NeuroStar TMS Therapy® provides a breakthrough depression treatment for those who have not been satisfied with the results they have had with antidepressant drugs.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar TMS Therapy is right for you.
Important Safety Information
The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of NeuroStar TMS (<0.1% per patient).
NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head. NeuroStar TMS Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.
Safety and Prescribing Information »
Neuronetics is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding interaction with healthcare providers.
View the Neurostar brochure here.