The decision to incorporate medications in a patient’s treatment plan is very individualized and usually requires coordination between the TMS physician and your prescribing behavioral health provider. Most patients receiving TMS take psychiatric medications before and after their treatment. There is indirect evidence that medications can increase the likelihood of responding to TMS and help sustain the benefits of TMS after treatment is complete, though more research is needed to confirm and clarify this idea.
There are some patients for whom medications are not tolerated or are not aligned with their treatment preferences. In these cases, patients can be successfully treated with TMS alone. To best tailor a treatment plan, we encourage a robust discussion with your providers to determine what is most appropriate for your unique circumstance.
Please be advised that the information presented here is for information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. All patients are encouraged to discuss any issues or concerns they may have with their behavioral health providers.