When a person is diagnosed with ADHD, their doctor may prescribe a stimulant drug as a first-line treatment. Vyvanse is one such drug. It is the brand name for the drug lisdexamfetamine, which is a central nervous stimulant commonly prescribed to reduce ADHD symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It is also used to treat binge eating disorder.
Find out how Vyvanse works, how it compares to homeopathic medication like Brillia, and what experts have to say about stimulant drugs for ADHD.
How Does Vyvanse Work?
Like other stimulant drugs, Vyvanse works by increasing certain brain chemicals, specifically norepinephrine and dopamine. These neurotransmitters play important roles in high-level executive functions like paying attention, planning, following directions, and regulating emotions.1
Consisting of lisdexamfetamine, Vyvanse makes the body absorb the chemical lysine first before feeling the effects of the stimulant. This means that the drug sticks around in the body for a longer period of time, potentially leading to undesirable side effects like higher blood pressure, stomach pain, dry mouth, dizziness, insomnia, and headaches.2
It’s important to note that stimulant medications do not cure ADHD, but they can reduce symptoms while they are active in the body. Brain imaging studies have proven that when a person is on a stimulant medication, there's increased metabolic activity in the prefrontal cortex, the seat of executive functioning.
How Does Brillia Work?
Brillia is a homeopathic medication that uses antibodies to regulate the activity of the S100B protein, a key regulator of many different intracellular and extracellular brain processes. Brillia stops the instigation of symptoms associated with ADHD, like impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity without any harsh chemicals, leading to more clarity and focus without harmful side effects. As a result of this gentle and efficient process, Brillia also normalizes the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the brain, leading to a more balanced mood.
Brillia is part of a holistic approach that promotes healthy lifestyle habits as a first course of action to reduce ADHD symptoms. This includes following a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, controlling screen time, and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques. A large body of research supports Brillia’s view that each of these lifestyle habits have significant effects in provoking and exacerbating ADHD symptoms. When used in combination with Brillia’s homeopathic tablets, both children and adults can experience long-lasting relief from symptoms and a more empowered stance on maintaining whole-body health.
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Homeopathic Medication vs. Conventional Medicine
Though conventional prescription drugs like Vyvanse do contain synthetic chemicals and may cause side effects for some users, many people do find great success in using stimulant drugs. However, for some users, these side effects do not go away or worsen over time, making a case for alternative options.
At Brillia, we acknowledge the fact that stimulant drugs can be helpful, but we encourage people to see such medications as a last resort, not the first or only option. Lifestyle changes and homeopathic medication present a gentle path towards reducing ADHD symptoms without compromising any other system in the body or causing harmful side effects. Even more, because homeopathic medication like Brillia does not have contraindications, if you are already taking another prescribed medication, Brillia can be added to your regimen without worry to help slow down the progression to a stronger dosage or to help control secondary symptoms like anxiety that may be caused or exacerbated by stimulant medication. Many users end up switching to Brillia in the place of pharmaceuticals once Brillia has built up in the system. However, if your doctor has prescribed medications that you are considering stopping, we recommend that you talk to them first. Keep in mind that as a gentle and cumulative product, Brillia takes about two to three weeks to see results, if not longer. We recommend using Brillia in combination with current prescription medications for at least three to four weeks before discontinuing prescription medication under the care of your physician.
Pros of Going Homeopathic
Some benefits of using homeopathic medication like Brillia include:
- You can start and stop the medication at any time without any side effects associated with adjusting to the medication or withdrawal
- Free from synthetic chemicals, added flavors, sugars, colors (Brillia is also gluten-free and nut-free)
- No contraindications
- No risk of dependency
- Available without an official diagnosis or prescription
- Gentle and targeted process without affecting any other systems in the body
Homeopathic medications are also required to provide substantive documentation with clinical trials and studies of the claims that the product makes while abiding by FDA standards and regulations (e.g., for quality and labeling). In order to be sold in the U.S. homeopathic medications must go through a proper registration process detailing active ingredients and inactive ingredients, unlike supplements which often contain hidden ingredients.
What Do Doctors Recommend?
Studies show that although physicians perceive stimulant medications as being effective for treating ADHD symptoms, many would prefer a nonstimulant medication, especially in children and adolescents.3 Their concerns include the risk of side effects and diversion. The majority of physicians would prefer to prescribe a non-controlled medication without abuse potential instead of a controlled medication.
It has been said that “pills do not substitute for skills” when it comes to addressing ADHD. While stimulant drugs have their usefulness, medication alone is not sufficient in helping a person improve his or her attention, organizational issues, time management, and more. By addressing one’s lifestyle habits and perhaps speaking to a therapist, there are numerous ways to develop coping skills to deal with ADHD symptoms gently and effectively.
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