NeuroStar TMS Therapy

Achieve TMS provides NeuroStar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at select locations in California and Alaska. This form of TMS may be prescribed to adult patients coping with major depressive disorder (MDD) who found that prior antidepressant medication trials did not deliver the desired results.


What Is NeuroStar TMS?

NeuroStar is a prescription-only and FDA-cleared TMS therapy that involves the use of a targeted, pulsed magnetic field that is similar to one used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.  TMS therapy is noninvasive, does not require the use of drugs, and may help deliver long-lasting depression symptom relief.

The cost of NeuroStar TMS therapy is covered by most commercial and government health plans, including Tricare. Over 2 million NeuroStar treatments have been delivered to date. TMS therapy appears to have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter level, and facilitate long-term remission of depression symptoms.


How Is NeuroStar TMS Therapy Performed?

NeuroStar TMS therapy is provided at our California locations in Carlsbad, Mission Valley, and Riverside centers, and in Alaska at Anchorage and Wasilla centers. Patient remain awake and alert during TMS therapy, and a treatment session takes anywhere from 19 to 37 minutes to complete.

Before NeuroStar TMS is performed, a patient is seated comfortably in a treatment chair, and a small, magnetic coil is placed on the head, near the left temple. Treatment begins when focused magnetic stimulation is sent to specific areas of each patient’s brain. At this time, the patient may experience a tapping sensation on the head and hear a clicking sound.

After TMS therapy is finished, patients can resume normal daily activities. There are no systemic side effects and patients can drive resume normal daily activities after each treatment session.

A typical NeuroStar TMS therapy program involves four to six weeks of therapy sessions, with sessions completed five days per week. Upon the program’s completion, patients may achieve full remission of depression symptoms.


Are There Any Side Effects Associated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy?

NeuroStar TMS therapy is safe and well-tolerated, and the treatment does not cause the side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medication.

In clinical trials of this form of TMS therapy, researchers found the most common side effect associated with treatment was temporary discomfort at or near the treatment site. Researchers indicated this effect usually disappeared on its own within about one week of  treatment.

Other side effects linked to NeuroStar include eye pain, muscle twitching, toothaches, facial pain, and skin pain. There is also a very rare risk of seizure associated with TMS therapy.


Is NeuroStar TMS the Right Depression Therapy Option for You?

 NeuroStar is not intended for depression patients who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head. TMS therapy is also not performed on depression patients who have active or inactive implants such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.

Patients who find that depression interferes with their ability to perform daily activities may benefit from NeuroStar TMS. Further, patients who previously tried antidepressants or other depression therapies but experienced intolerable side effects or did not achieve the optimal results may benefit from this type of TMS therapy as well.


Learn More About NeuroStar TMS Therapy from Achieve TMS


The Achieve TMS team is available to teach patients about different types of TMS therapy, including NeuroStar offered at some of our locations. To find out more about TMS or to schedule a therapy consultation, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-909-4363.


Insurance Coverage for TMS Depression Treatment

Within California, Oregon, and Alaska, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been approved for use with treatment resistant depression by several insurance providers. Insurances that we’re in network with include Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross, Magellan, Tricare, Blue Shield of CA, Blue Shield Federal Employee, Optum, Aetna, MHN, Healthnet, Beacon, Prime Health Services, Provider Select, Medicare, Providence Preferred, Providence Health Plan, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Choice Health Network, First Health National Network, Pacificsource, Moda, OHA (fee for service only), First Health, and Premera Blue Cross. Please call us for a full list of providers. We would be happy to help check with your insurance regarding pre-approval.

*Unfortunately, Medi-cal currently does not cover TMS treatment in California. Please contact your Medi-cal provider to inquire further.


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