Smoking Addiction Treatment With Deep TMS | BrainsWay
Introducing BrainsWay Deep TMS for Smoking Addiction:
- BrainsWay Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS™) is an FDA-cleared method to aid in short-term smoking cessation for adults.
- The treatment uses BrainsWay’s patented H4 Coil to produce electromagnetic pulses that stimulate neurons in brain areas associated with addiction, specifically the bilateral insula and prefrontal cortex.
- A study involving 262 patients showed that Deep TMS significantly improved the continuous quit rate, reduced cravings, and decreased the average number of cigarettes smoked per week.
- Deep TMS is noninvasive, has no systemic side effects, and the 18-minute treatment can be integrated into a patient’s daily routine.
Smoking Addiction: Key Points
- Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of preventable disease and death globally.
- 34.2 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes, leading to approximately 480,000 deaths annually.
- Addiction to nicotine is characterized by intense cravings, compulsive use, and difficulty quitting.
- Men are more likely to smoke than women, and smoking is more prevalent among those with lower income and education levels. Adults under psychological stress also have higher smoking rates.
Smoking Treatment Options:
- Deep TMS: The only non-invasive medical device FDA-cleared for short-term smoking cessation. It reduces tobacco cravings and increases cognitive control.
- Psychopharmacology: Medications like Bupropion (Zyban) and Varenicline (Chantix) are FDA-approved for treating smoking addiction.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT): Over-the-counter treatments like gums, sprays, patches, and lozenges that provide small amounts of nicotine to reduce cravings.
- Psychotherapy: Counseling helps smokers develop skills and behavioral patterns to quit smoking. Effective methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness.
Brainsway dTMS helps quit smoking
Deep TMS Efficacy in Treating Smoking Addiction:
- BrainsWay’s Deep TMS treatment has been shown to aid in short-term smoking cessation.
- A study found that the continuous quit rate was 28.0% in the active Deep TMS treatment group compared to 11.7% in the sham treatment group.
Deep TMS as a Safe Smoking Addiction Treatment:
- Deep TMS is noninvasive and does not have significant systemic side effects.
- The most common side effect reported was a headache, primarily during the initial treatment sessions.
Deep TMS Treatment Protocol:
- The treatment involves a patented H-Coil inside a cushioned helmet placed on the patient’s head.
- A full course of treatment typically requires three weeks of daily treatments, followed by one treatment per week for three additional weeks (18 sessions in total over six weeks).