Can TMS be right for you?

WHY TREATING DEPRESSION IS IMPORTANT

Major depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year.1 Often a debilitating disorder, depression results in a persistent state of sadness which interferes with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, and physical health. Depression has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries. Researchers estimate that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression can be a lethal disease. In fact, each year in the US, over 30,000 people die by suicide, 60% of whom suffer from depression. Depression is not just bad mood and advice to “just snap out of it” is not only outdated but also dangerous. Learn more about depression >>

While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that depression is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. Depression is most often treated with antidepressant medications. It is believed that antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters. Some patients may not respond to antidepressant medications. Additionally, since antidepressant medications are typically taken by mouth, they circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body, and may result in unwanted side effects such as weight gain, sexual problems, upset stomach, sleepiness, and dry mouth, among others. Over 4 million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medications which may in part be due to intolerance to their side effects. For these patients non-medication way of treatment depression may be the only solution.

CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM NEUROSTAR TMS THERAPY?

Patients for whom NeuroStar TMS Therapy is indicated must have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode. The antidepressant treatment record and antidepressant treatment history should be used to determine if NeuroStar TMS Therapy is indicated for use.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode. Please answer the following questions:

  1. Are you are taking medication to treat your depression?
  2. Are you still depressed despite your medication?
  3. Are you experiencing side effects from your medication?
  4. Have you switched medications more than once due to side effects?
  5. Are depression symptoms interfering with your leisure activities or relationships with your family and friends?
  6. Are depression symptoms having an effect on your ability to earn a living?

If you have answered YES to two or more of these questions you may be eligible for receiving TMS Treatment. Please bring this completed depression questionnaire in TMS patient brochure (on page 2) to your doctor’s appointment. Download brochure >>

WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE TMS THERAPY?

NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used (is contraindicated) in patients with implanted metallic or ferromagnetic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head. Examples include cochlear implants, implanted electrodes/stimulators, aneurysm clips or coils, stents, and bullet fragments. NeuroStar TMS Therapy should be used with caution in patients with implanted devices that are controlled by physiological signals. This includes pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). It should be used in caution with patients using wearable cardioverter defibrillators.

Examples of metallic objects in or near the head that are acceptable under certain conditions include standard amalgam dental fillings, single post dental implants, and dental bridge work.



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NOT ABLE TO PAY FOR PRESCRIBED BRAND NAME MEDICATION AND THERE IS NO GENERIC?

Check if your medication manufacturer has PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and if you qualify for it. A patient assistance program provides prescription medicines to patients in need who do not have prescription drug coverage or who are underinsured through either private and/or government health plans. Each pharmaceutical company determines the eligibility criteria for its patient assistance programs. Almost all PAP’s require proof of income; application can be completed by patient or patient advocate. Please visit Patient Portal section to learn how to apply.