TMS vs Traditional Treatment Options

Brainsway Deep TMS vs. Antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder Efficacy

In the NIH-sponsored STAR*D study (Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression)  it was found that 63.2% of patients suffering from major depression fail to benefit from the first line of antidepressant treatment. 33% of patients do not respond to any drug treatment.1

Brainsway Deep TMS was tested in patients who failed to benefit from at least one antidepressant, and was found effective even for patients who failed to benefit from several prior antidepressant medications2

It is noteworthy that in real-life clinical practice settings, many patients receive Deep TMS therapy concomitantly with antidepressants.  Continued antidepressant use is not contraindicated in patients receiving Deep TMS.

Brainsway Deep TMS vs. ECT for Major Depressive Disorder

While ECT is considered to be very effective for severe, treatment-resistant depression, no multicenter trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of ECT in the treatment of major depression. It also has some downsides. Many patients do hesitate undergoing ECT (Electro convulsive therapy) due to the side effects, anesthesia and hospitalization that might be required.

Deep TMS therapy, was tested in a large, multicenter trial. And showed to be effective for patients with severe depression.

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