TMS therapy is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it is drug free and non-invasive, TMS therapy doesn’t have the side effects that are often associated with antidepressant medication, like nausea, weight gain, anxiety, dizziness, and decreased appetite. In clinical trials, fewer than 5% of patients discontinued treatment with TMS therapy due to adverse events.
The most common side effect associated with TMS therapy is temporary discomfort at or near the treatment site during treatment. This typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.
TMS therapy should not be used for patients who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head, or patients who have active or inactive implants, such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.