There are few side effects associated with TMS. Pain sensation at the site stimulation is sometimes reported early in the TMS series. This experience significantly decreases over the course of TMS stimulation.
Thereafter the most common side effect is headache, which is reported in nearly half of patients treated with TMS. Headaches are mild and generally diminish over the course of the treatment.
Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can be used to treat these headaches.
The TMS machine produces a noise but there is no evidence to suggest there is hearing loss if earplugs are worn during the treatment.
TMS is not associated with many of the side effects caused by medications, such as gastrointestinal upset, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, or sedation.
The most serious but rare risk of TMS is seizures, however, the risk of a seizure is exceedingly low.
Nevertheless, at Optimis your nurse will be there with you observing for the entirety of your treatment.