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Can I Combine Antidepressants With TMS Treatment?

Today, people dealing with various mood disorders like anxiety and depression can get several treatment options. But one treatment does not work for all. Hence, it’s tricky to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that would work best for you.

Nonetheless, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a step forward in mental health care. It offers you a non-invasive treatment option that uses precise and vigorous magnetic pulses as used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). TMS helps in stimulating the limbic system of the brain to control behavioural and emotional patterns in individuals.

If you are suffering from a chronic mental disorder, there are chances that you may be taking treatment already. But something those medications are not enough for recovery. Hence, consider combining existing medications with TMS treatment in India.

According to certain studies, TMS along with antidepressant medicines works more effectively to cure your mental health condition.

Taking Antidepressants with TMS

There are several ways for tackling depression via medicines. But antidepressants often fall into three categories and each one includes distinct types of drugs.

Here are some common medications that you can take along with TMC to recover from depression:

1. SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)

SSRIs are great for combating depression by increasing the levels of serotonin (a chemical impacting your mood) in your system. Typically, your body is likely to make serotonin to carry messages to different parts of the brain. But after delivering the message, your brain is likely to reabsorb the molecules. However, SSRIs prevent the final step of keeping up serotonin levels active within your brain.

These medications may include:
  • – Fluoxetine (Sarafem, Prozac, Rapiflux, and Selfemra)
  • – Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva, and Brisdelle)
  • – Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • – Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • – Citalopram (Celexa)

2. NDRIS (Norepinephrine and Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors)

You may have heard of dopamine (a happy chemical in your brain). This chemical is released whenever you are in a happy mood or while exercising. Dopamine is also associated with motivation, as you’d want to repeat the action that made you so happy. While it can be dangerous as dopamine levels can also increase with substance use. However, antidepressants are available in the form of NDRI medication, such as:Bupropion (Wellbutrin)

3. SNRIs (Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors)

SNRIs often work like SSRIs. But the only difference is the targeted chemicals. However, SNRIs are more advanced than SSRIs and work even in conditions where SSRIs don’t work.

Norepinephrine, another chemical targeted by these antidepressants, is for your stress hormones but is also associated with depression. It can even transmit nerve pain. So, SNRIs can be helpful during chronic pain too.

Some popular SNRIs are:
  • – Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • – Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • – Levomilnacipran (Fetzima)
  • – Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq and Khedezla)

You can take any one or a combination of any of these drugs for curing depression.

How Do Antidepressants Help with TMS?

Depression can impact you in many different ways like self-image and affecting your mood. You can even notice higher fatigue and lack of energy both mentally and physically. Meanwhile, depression can even impact your eating patterns, such as triggering overeating or leading to low appetite. Or you may have trouble waking up in the morning or while falling asleep.

Since anti-depressants target brain chemistry instead of specific symptoms, these medicines with TMS can improve your depression.

Some common signs of improvement that individuals notice with antidepressants along with TMS are:
  • – Enhanced memory, concentration, and decision-making
  • – Higher energy levels
  • – Feeling motivated
  • – Improving sleep patterns
  • – Feeling happy when pursuing your hobbies, while eating or spending time with your family/friends

Sadly, antidepressants may not treat all the disease symptoms or may have limited effects. Therefore, it is best to consult a psychiatrist to create custom prescriptions for you depending on your condition. If you still feel the depression symptoms despite your treatment or dealing with side effects you wish to alleviate, you need to combine antidepressants with TMS for sure.


It is best to consult your doctor about whether you need TMS Treatment when you’re on anti-depressants. The treatment decisions depend on every patient’s specific history with their existing health condition.

Also, Visit here: Tips to Follow During TMS Treatment for Better Recovery

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