How It Works
The Fisher Wallace Stimulator® works by stimulating the brain to produce neurochemicals such as serotonin, while modulating the default mode network and entraining alpha waves. The device treats insomnia but is not a sedative - instead, the device modulates the brain to produce a restful state that accelerates sleep onset and restores longer periods of sleep.
FDA-Clearance Date: 1990
Medicaid Approval Date: 2017
Patients use the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® at home for 20 minutes, once or twice a day on level 2. Patients with insomnia use the device within two hours of bedtime. Consistent daily use in the first 30 days is recommended.
If mood and sleep symptoms are reduced but do not go into remission within the first 30 days, patients may continue using the device on a daily basis. The device has been on the market since 1990 without reports of negative effects resulting from long term use.
If mood and sleep symptoms go into remission (no symptoms), patients may use the device on a “maintenance basis” - three to four times per week - or on an as-needed basis. There are no withdrawal effects associated with ceasing use of the device.
The device may be safely used in conjunction with antidepressants and/or other medications. Patients should not reduce or cease taking medication without first speaking with their doctor.
Patients with pacemakers, implanted stimulators, or any other type of implanted electronic medical device, should not use the Fisher Wallace Stimulator®.
Potential Side Effects
Less than 1% of patients may experience a temporary headache or dizziness upon their initial use of the device - these patients may re-attempt using the device or may return the device for a refund.