Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
The Side Effects of rTMS
rTMS has been demonstrated to be an extremely safe, well-tolerated treatment. It does not require anesthesia or any other medication, and can be administered as an outpatient procedure. Although seizures are described as a potential side effect, and anyone with a history of epilepsy should not seek treatment, these are extremely rare. In the most recent clinical trial, involving over 10,000 treatments, no seizures were reported.
Common negative side effects include pain at the site of stimulation, which can be managed by adjusting device placement and settings. Pain was judged to be severe in only a very small number of cases. Other potential side effects also include muscle twitching during treatment sessions, post treatment headache, and toothache in some patients.