Fact vs Myth
MYTH #1: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is an Experimental or Investigational Treatment.
FACT: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has been FDA-cleared since 2008 as a safe and effective treatment, which is backed with the most clinical studies for TMS in depression and supported by 23 research publications.8,9,10
MYTH #2: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is not Covered by Insurance.
FACT: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is widely reimbursed by most commercial and government health plans, including Medicare and Tricare.
MYTH #3: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is Inconvenient and Hard to Find.
FACT: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is an FDA-cleared TMS treatment in the U.S. delivered in 19-37 minutes. There are over 550 NeuroStar doctors nationwide in 49 states. NeuroStar treatment is performed right in the doctor’s office in a spa-like chair.
MYTH #4: TMS is the same as Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).
FACT: Unlike TMS, ECT involves general anesthesia and is considered an invasive treatment. It can have side effects that are not associated with TMS treatment, such as memory loss, confusion, and nausea.
MYTH #5: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has Many Negative Side Effects.
FACT: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy provides benefits without the side effects often associated with antidepressant medication. The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site that usually resolves within the first week of treatment.11
MYTH #6: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy can be used to Treat Depression after One Antidepressant has Failed, but not Multiple.
FACT: NeuroStar Advanced Therapy may be an appropriate depression treatment for people who have attempted one or multiple depression medications yet are still symptomatic.
MYTH #7: “Deep TMS” or “An Improved Version of TMS” works better than other TMS Treatments.
FACT: NeuroStar treats right at the source. It offers precise coil placement for consistent repeatable treatment to ensure people receive the right dose at the right location every time. Data does not support depth of treatment is better or improved.
MYTH #8: A Helmet and Mouth Guard must be worn during a NeuroStar Treatment Session.
FACT: NeuroStar is an easy, in-office experience that does not require a cap, helmet, or mouth guard. During treatment, people are awake, alert, and comfortably reclined in a spa-like chair. No anesthesia or sedation is necessary.