Getting Started With The Fischer - RA Fischer Co.

Getting Started With

Start with a video tutorial on how to use your new iontophoresis device.

The Fischer Instruction Manual

View the Fischer Instruction Manual online.

Print out an extra page of the Iontophoresis Treatment Journal.

See our Insurance Reimbursement Guide for guidance on seeking reimbursement from your insurance provider.

Treatment FAQs

Turn on the device by flipping the main power switch, located on the back panel of the main control unit. The display now shows all treatment settings, represented by the symbols on the left.

    1. The first line is your Timer.
      We recommend setting this for 20 minutes.
    2. The second line is your Intensity level. 
      This varies from person to person. We suggest starting at a level 6 and adjust from there to your comfort needs.
    3. The third line is Current Type. 
      We encourage patients to treat with Direct Current, which is a represented by a solid line.
      You can read more about Pulsed Current vs. Direct Current in the FAQ below.
    4. The fourth line is Direction of Current Flow [E1/E2].
      We recommend that patients always keep this setting on Auto. By keeping it on Auto, the polarity changes direction automatically halfway through the treatment. Both areas being treated receive equal distribution of the positive side, which is known to have a stronger therapeutic effect.

Confirm the settings are correct by pushing the SET button. Place your hands/feet into the water bath trays (if you’re treating your underarms, place the wet axillary electrodes under your arms). Then, you’ll hear a short “beep” that indicates you’ve completed the circuit and treatment has begun. The Active Treatment Display (ATD) will flash and the treatment timer will start to count down.

You can think about Direct Current vs. Pulsed Current like this:

Imagine you’re driving on a highway. With direct current, it’s like maintaining a steady speed of 65 mph throughout your journey. It’s smooth, consistent, and efficient. On the other hand, pulsed current is like constantly accelerating and decelerating. You might go from 0 to 100 mph and then back to 0 before finally reaching 65 mph, repeating this cycle multiple times along the highway. This constant variation in speed can be less efficient and more erratic.

Direct Current is an electric current that is one-directional, meaning the flow of the charge is always in the same direction. Positive to positive, negative to negative. With direct current, there is a continuous flow of charged particles lasting at least 1 second.

Pulsed Current is also one-directional, but the intensity changes in value over the course of treatment. It’s perceived as being more comfortable because users can tolerate higher current values. With pulsed current, the flow of charged particles stops for less than 1 second in between cycles.

Pulsed current iontophoresis is not as effective as direct current because patients only receive a small portion of the treatment at the maximum value.

For the first three weeks, we recommend that you treat every other day for 20 minutes.

After the first three weeks and you have reached a level of dryness that you’re happy with, you can begin to treat less often.
For the next two weeks, we recommend treating every three days

If your level of dryness has maintained at the end of this period, you can now consider this your Maintenance Phase. You only need to treat on an “as-needed basis. Most patients will only need to treat once every 3-6 weeks to stay dry.

Cover any small skin lesions or skin breaks with petroleum jelly (like Vaseline® brand) or a lanolin wax/cream (such as Lansinoh® brand) prior to your treatment. This insulates the cuts from the current flow.

The Fischer is not intended for use while pregnant, but it is safe to use while breastfeeding. 

Tips & Troubleshooting

Use lukewarm water to make the treatment more comfortable and help keep your skin pores open.

Use a soft, damp cloth and a mild cleaning solution to clean the device.

Need more help with your treatment plan?

Reach out to your Treatment Specialist today!

Need more help with your treatment plan?

Reach out to your Treatment Specialist today!