Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS)

What is VNS Therapy?

VNS Therapy is a non-drug treatment option that offers a unique safety profile and mechanism of action. Approved for use in treatment-resistant epilepsy and in treatment-resistant depression, VNS Therapy delivers long-term benefits to patients who have not responded well to other treatment options.

VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) Therapy is a unique treatment approach now available specifically for treatment-resistant depression. VNS Therapy is indicated for use as an adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients 18 years of age or older who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more adequate antidepressant treatments.

How does it work for depression?

Sometimes medications alone do not adequately relieve depression, or they relieve depression for a period of time, but then stop working. If multiple treatments, including psychotherapy, have not adequately or continuously relieved your depression, it may be time to discuss VNS Therapy with your psychiatrist as a long-term treatment option.

VNS Therapy has been shown to provide significant quality of life improvements. Benefits include increased energy, improved relationships with friends and family members, and better ability to function at work and in daily activities. Adding VNS Therapy has been shown to succeed when other antidepressant treatments have not worked or have stopped working. The effectiveness of VNS Therapy improves over time and lasts long term.

How can I make an appointment:

For more information or to make an appointment you call us at: (813) 259-0920
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Where is the USF Neurotherapies located? Directions:

The USF Neurotherapies Clinic is located at

USF Health South Tampa Center
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, Florida 33606

For a map and directions please click on the following link: South Tampa Center