Side effects

Side effects

The main risk of TMS is inducing a seizure. However, with close monitoring this complication has been very rare and only associated with treatment that was not within the safety guidelines established in 1996.

Since the brain is directly stimulated by TMS, one may have concerns about it disturbing normal brain functions. To date, no cognitive side effects such as loss of memory nor changes in concentration have been reported.

Side effects from TMS treatments are generally very minimal. The most common side effects are:

  • Headaches usually of mild intensity

  • Discomfort or pain at the stimulation site

  • Eye muscle twitching (during treatment)

  • Twitching in other muscles near stimulation site

  • You will be asked to wear ear plugs during your treatment to protect your hearing.