19 patient evaluations for Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Aug 10, 2012 (Started Jan 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (shortness of breath (dyspnea))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It takes some getting use to. See a neurophyscologist to help you to accept and adjust. It is a physical and mental challange but once you have gotten over the first hurdle and can see the change it is making it does become easier. Unexpected benifit for me is that I feel more alert and less tired. It has been a positive treatment for me.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Oct 20, 2011 (Started May 22, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (swallowing difficulty (dysphagia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: Dr. turned it off for a year and that helped. Now I am having the symptoms again.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)

Sep 15, 2000 (Started May 22, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Initially asthma symptoms increased, used O2. I lost my ability to sing, Seizures increased, changed Epileptologist Used all ranges on machine. Changed battery. I wanted it out but seizures started to get better Now w/ low levels my seizures are better under control. Asthma is better Throat is not swollen anymore
Side effects: swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)

  • 1 helpful mark

May 1, 2011 (Started May 27, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: At the beginning, I had to adjust to it. I was VERY conscious about it. Now, I don't know it's there. There has been fewer seizures. And I can actually STOP a seizure.

  • 0 helpful marks
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