Monarch™ External Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
The Monarch™ external trigeminal nerve stimulation system (eTNS system) is a non-invasive device to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in children, young people and adults aged seven years and above. People with ADHD have behavioural symptoms including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Medicines used to treat ADHD have lots of side-effects and are only used in children and adults if other treatments fail.With the Monarch™ eTNS system, an electrical patch is applied onto the forehead and electrical impulses stimulate nerves in the brain. This can change the way the brain communicates messages. The patch is connected to an external pulse generator and the level of stimulation can be controlled by the patient. The device is used in the home at night whilst sleeping. This is the first non-invasive device approved for ADHD and the developer claims that it may work just as well as medication, but without the associated side effects.