Briefing: How safe is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was FDA cleared for the treatment in major depressive disorder in 2008. TMS has been in use by the TMS Center of Colorado since November 2009. In addition to clinical use for treating depression, TMS has been used both in off-label use and in research for a variety of other conditions including; tinnitus, PTSD, anxiety associated with depression, and others. The good news is that studies have shown TMS to be a safe treatment with a relatively few and minor side-effects.  This is echoed in an blogspot published Sunday March 3, 2013 in “NeuoChambers”.

“….TMS researchers is that our study adds to a body of evidence that TMS is safe for human use under carefully controlled conditions. The adverse effects we did observe were mostly very minor (no seizures!) and only a few participants withdrew from the experiments. Our main recommendation is that it would be useful for the TMS community to monitor adverse effects more closely and to adopt standard methods for doing so. We provide relevant monitoring forms as part of our paper.”

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