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Is VNS Therapy® Right for You? Talking to Your Doctor About Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Posted on August 31, 2020

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of people with epilepsy, including 56 percent of adults with epilepsy1, continue to have seizures despite treatment with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).2 When seizures are drug-resistant or difficult to control, this is referred to as refractory epilepsy.3

If you live with refractory epilepsy, you may have considered talking to your neurologist about whether you are a candidate for any other treatments. The VNS Therapy System is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in people 4 years of age and older with partial onset seizures that are refractory to antiepileptic medications.4

This guide can help you and your neurologist establish:

  • How well your current epilepsy treatments are working for you
  • Which treatment goals are most important to you
  • Whether you might be a candidate for VNS Therapy

Print out the guide, answer the questions, and bring it to your next appointment.

For full safety information, visit VNSTherapy.com/safety. VNS Therapy is manufactured by LivaNova USA, Inc., 100 Cyberonics Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77058. +1-800-332-1375

References

  1. Tian N, et al. Active Epilepsy and Seizure Control in Adults — United States, 2013 and 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:437–442. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6715a1.
  2. Kwan P et al. The Lancet Neurology 2010; 9:27-29; Published online November 13, 2009; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(09)70304-7.
  3. Kwan P et al. Epilepsia 2010; 51:1069-1077.
  4. VNS Therapy System Epilepsy Physician's Manual, January 2020, LivaNova USA.

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