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Common Side Effects of dTMS

May 20, 2021
All Points North Lodge

Jason Thompson

Sure. As far as side effects, there's realistically only three. And typically the first two don't sound like side effects because individuals that have dealt with depression and anxiety and trauma for so long have already been doing this. So the first side effect is that you're going to notice that you sleep better. Not like you're sedated, not like you're being drugged, but like you've been outside. And if you've been working out and your body just needs time to rest and recover and shut down.

And that takes you the second side effect, just simply because you are resting better and sleeping better, you notice that when you wake that you have more clarity, more focus, more energy, just more pep in your step overall. The last side effect, and it's really strictly the only negative side effect that's listed, is what's called transient headache. Transient as in transparent.

And the reason it's there is that as the magnetic waves are penetrating through the scalp into the brain, the sensory nerves that would pick up a hair pole, or if you've had your hair in a ponytail or you've worn a ball cap for a long, long period of time, you'd get that tired, itchy sensation. Those nerve endings are picking up the sensations first. Now those nerves do get desensitized, so the intensity does feel less and less. I would say that not everyone does experience the headache. I would say probably 50 to 60% of individuals do experience some form. But nothing that, whatever you take over the counter, a Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, can't knock out in about 20 minutes. And for those that do experience the headache, I tell them to go ahead and take that over the counter medication prior to, so that we can kind of circumvent it even before it happens.

So there is one side effect that is a danger, and it's a risk for seizure. And the reason it's there is that in the clinical study, somebody went to a bachelor/bachelorette party, consumed more than they normally would. Alcohol offsets the seizure threshold. And then when you deliver stimulation, you can do that. So individuals that don't disclose new medications that could offset that seizure threshold, if somebody doesn't sleep well, those are all potential risk factors for seizure. But each day you come in, we sit down and we chit chat. Has anything changed? Are there any new medications? Did you see the dentist, and maybe they gave you some gas prior to? You know, we're definitely going to take all the precautions necessary to make sure that that's null and void.

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