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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 VNS Therapy is manufactured by LivaNova USA, Inc., 100 Cyberonics Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77058. +1-800-332-1375


  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:
  2. Kwan P et al. The Lancet Neurology 2010; 9:27-29; Published online November 13, 2009; DOI:
  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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