VNS Therapy: Managing the Side Effects
The VNS Therapy System includes a small magnet. This may be useful if you experience any troublesome side effects that need to be temporarily controlled.1

You can hold or place the magnet over your VNS Therapy pulse generator to temporarily stop stimulation during certain situations or activities when even mild side effects are troublesome, for example1:

  • Public speaking
  • Singing
  • Exercise or other strenuous activity

If you find that you need to stop the stimulation often because of side effects, contact your psychiatrist. He or she can adjust the dose to help control the side effects.

"If the patient is having troublesome side effects, the patient is given the VNS Therapy magnet, which they can place over the device, which will stop stimulation. So for example, the patient may be wanting to sing in a choir, or choir rehearsal, they might place the magnet over the device during those rehearsal times and performance times, and yet have the device continue to provide therapy on other occasions when they remove the magnet."

A. John Rush, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences Professor, Department of Psychiatry University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

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1. Depression Physician's Manual. VNS Therapy TM Pulse Model 102 Generator and VNS TherapyTM Pulse Duo Model 102R Generator.Houston, Tex: Cyberonics, Inc.; 2005s

The VNS Therapy System is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures, which are refractory to antiepileptic medications.

VNS Therapy (or the VNS Therapy System) is indicated for the adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients over the age of 18 who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more adequate antidepressant treatments.