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Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Does it Work?

Dr Shock
November 12, 2008
A recent systematic review shows that Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) therapy has been reported to have antidepressant effects in open and longterm studies, but unfortunately the only blinded randomized trial was inconclusive. It is possible that much or all of the improvement reflected a placebo response or spontaneous remission. This makes placing VNS as alternative option for treatment resistant depression hard. Other alternatives are more evidence based: 9 steps for treatment resistant depression. This doesn't exclude vagus nerve stimulation but postpones it to last resort treatment. Particularly for those with a chronic, highly disabling course of their depression. The Pro's for Vagus .....read more »

Cyberonics and Vagus Nerve Stimulation Back in the Race?

Dr Shock
July 16, 2007
Cyberonics Inc. on Monday said the United States Food and Drug Administration has approved its Demipulse and Demipulse Duo generators for commercial release. The products are used for vagus nerve stimulation, which is used in the treatment of epilepsy and certain types of depression.In August 2006 Cyberonics saw the FDA reject the company's application to use its implantable generator to treat depression in patients who do not respond to medications. Mainly due to disappointing results of clinical trials. In the only randomized controlled trial VNS failed to perform any better when turned on than in otherwise similar implanted patients whose .....read more »