If you’re ready to take control of your migraine pain, we’ve got you covered. gammaCore non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (nVNS) is a portable, easy-to-use medical device with 6 FDA-cleared indications for migraine and cluster headache.1 It can be used to prevent headache pain before it starts or quickly stop painful attacks when they happen. Here are six essential tips that will guide you in making the most of your gammaCore nVNS treatment.
- Get familiar with your device.
Before starting with gammaCore, take some time to get comfortable with your device. Read the Instructions for Use, which contains directions for proper usage, additional details, and important safety information you should pay close attention to. You should also familiarize yourself with what the different buttons do and how to properly read the display. When gammaCore is turned on, the display will rotate between days or months of therapy remaining and the number of stimulations available within a 24-hour period.
- Take advantage of the training.
We highly encourage every patient to take advantage of our complementary training. This is essential for learning how to properly use gammaCore and will ensure that you get the most out of your treatments. It can be done by either phone or video, so there’s no need to leave your home. To schedule a training session with a member of our Customer Experience team, call 888-903-2673 or email CustomerService@electroCore.com.
- Placement, placement, placement.
Make sure the device is properly positioned so it effectively targets the vagus nerve and functions as intended. Use two fingers to locate your pulse on either side of your neck. The vagus nerve is located in the same area.
- Make sure you use enough gel.
The device will not work without gel, so be sure to apply enough (at least a pea-sized amount) of the provided gel to both stimulation surfaces. Only use the conductive gels provided, as any other gels will not work. You can always order more gel when you need it.
- Find the right intensity level.
The device has many different intensity levels, ranging from 1 to 40. Using the right intensity level is the key to optimal treatments. With the device in the correct treatment location (see tip #3), slowly increase the intensity until you note a slight muscle contraction at the corner of the mouth, or a downward pull on your lip. Most people experience this at an intensity level over 15, and typically do not go above 25. The treatment should be comfortable and pain-free.
If you don’t feel the lip pull during the stimulation, try making small adjustments to the placement on your neck. Use a mirror to help you, if needed. Apply more gel to the stimulation surface if it has spread too thin while repositioning. Also, keep in mind that your stimulation intensity may not be the same for every use. Various factors, such as hydration, altitude, positioning, and the amount of gel, can all impact your intensity level.
- Treat early, use it consistently, and be patient.
For the best results, incorporate gammaCore into your daily routine and follow the suggested treatment protocol (or as advised by your health care provider). This will help you achieve a more successful outcome.
Use gammaCore twice daily for migraine prevention and as needed (up to 24 times daily) for fast-acting migraine pain relief when you need it:
- Preventive Treatments: A treatment consisting of 2 two-minute stimulations on the same side of the neck morning and night.
- As Needed Treatments: A treatment consisting of 2 two-minute stimulations on the same side of the neck as needed; repeat treatment if pain persists.
To see if gammaCore is right for you, visit our clinic finder to locate a health care provider near you, or contact our dedicated Customer Experience team at 888-903-2673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. gammaCore Instructions for Use. (2023). electroCore, Inc.