FDA Clearance For Smoking Cessation
Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) using BrainsWay now offers an FDA Cleared, effective, safe and non-invasive treatment for smoking cessation. The treatment performs magnetic stimulation of brain structures and networks related to this addiction and brings significant improvement to patients.
BrainsWay, a global leader in the advanced non-invasive treatment of brain disorders, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Company’s deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (Deep TMS) system for its use as an aid in short-term smoking cessation in adults.
When is Deep TMS needed for smoking cessation?
Nicotine is the chemical in tobacco that keeps you smoking. Nicotine reaches the brain within seconds of taking a puff. In the brain, nicotine increases the release of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which help regulate mood and behavior.
Dopamine, one of these neurotransmitters, is released in the reward center of the brain and causes feelings of pleasure and improved mood. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good. Nicotine quickly becomes part of your daily routine and intertwined with your habits and feelings.
For this reason, dopaminergic neurotransmission might serve as a potential target for treating tobacco addiction. Additional support for this hypothesis comes from studies of bupropion, an atypical antidepressant that inhibits neuronal uptake of dopamine, and which has recently been approved as a treatment for smoking cessation.
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