What are some nonpharmacologic treatment options for epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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A ketogenic or modified Atkins diet and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) are nonpharmacologic methods for managing patients with seizures that are unresponsive to antiepileptic drugs. The ketogenic diet is typically used in children. The FDA has approved VNS stimulation for adolescents and adults with refractory partial epilepsy, but clinical experience also suggests efficacy and safety in children and in patients with generalized epilepsies.


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