How to treat migraines using gammaCore

How gammaCore works

gammaCore activates the vagus nerve with patented, gentle electrical stimulation.

  • The vagus nerve is an important highway of communication between your brain and many parts of the body
  • The vagus nerve plays an important role in regulating pain

Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation with gammaCore is believed to help block the pain signals that cause migraine and cluster attacks.

  • Unlike traditional vagus nerve stimulation therapies, gammaCore stimulates the nerve non-invasively through the skin without the need for surgery
  • Avoids many drug-like side effects and inconveniences associated with injectable, inhaled, or pill-based medicines

Using gammaCore to prevent migraine headache

Daily:
Give yourself 3 treatments (morning, mid-day, and night) consisting of two consecutive 2-minute stimulations.

  • The first daily treatment should be applied within 1 hour of waking. The second daily treatment should be applied 4-6 hours after the first treatment. The third daily treatment should be applied at night.
  • Apply conductive gel before each stimulation. After 2 minutes, gammaCore will beep twice and automatically discontinue stimulation.
  • Stimulations during a treatment should be applied on the same side of the neck. Additional treatments may be applied to either side of the neck.

This is a suggested treatment. Please speak with your healthcare provider to determine the right plan for you.

As soon as a migraine starts

Give yourself a treatment consisting of 2 two-minute gammaCore (nVNS) stimulations.

  • Apply the conductive gel before each stimulation. After 2 minutes, gammaCore will beep twice and automatically turn off.
    The device should remain off for 10 seconds after each stimulation
  • Stimulations can be administered on the same side of the neck, or you can switch sides, if preferred
  • If pain remains 20 minutes after the start of treatment 1, apply 2 more stimulations
  • Two more stimulations may be applied if pain remains 2 hours after the start of treatment 1

This is a suggested treatment. Please speak with your healthcare provider to determine the right plan for you.

Adjunctive use of gammaCore to prevent cluster headache

Daily:
Give yourself 2 treatments (morning and night) consisting of 3 two-minute gammaCore (nVNS) stimulations.

  • Apply the conductive gel before each stimulation. After 2 minutes, gammaCore will beep twice and automatically discontinue stimulation
  • Stimulations can be administered on the same side of the neck, or you can switch sides, if preferred

This is a suggested treatment. Please speak with your healthcare provider to determine the right plan for you.

Using gammaCore to relieve cluster headache pain

At the earliest sign of pain:
Give yourself a treatment consisting of 3 two-minute gammaCore stimulations.

  • Apply the conductive gel before each stimulation. After 2 minutes, gammaCore will beep twice and automatically turn off. The device should remain off for 10 seconds after each stimulation
  • Stimulations can be administered on the same side of the neck, or you can switch sides, if preferred
  • After completing the 3rd stimulation, you should wait 3 minutes. If pain remains, apply 3 more two-minute stimulations
  • You may treat up to 4 attacks (8 treatments) for a total of 24 stimulations per day

This is a suggested treatment. Please speak with your healthcare provider to determine the right plan for you.