Brillia vs SSRIs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: How They Work & When To Use These Medications

Though helpful for many, SSRIs are associated with a range of side effects, including drowsiness, nervousness, headaches, and weight gain, leading some to search for suitable alternatives.

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2%1are receiving treatment. One common treatment for anxiety  is prescription medication, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft).

Though helpful for many, SSRIs are associated with a range of side effects, including drowsiness, nervousness, headaches, and weight gain, leading some to search for suitable alternatives. Explore how SSRIs work, how they compare to homeopathic medication like Brillia, and how to decide which is best for you.  

Diagnosing Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

While it’s normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially during stressful life events, anxiety can become a bigger problem when it is ongoing and starts to interfere with your everyday life. In these cases, generalized anxiety disorder may be at fault. 

Both children and adults can be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Causes and risk factors2include genetics, differences in brain chemistry, personality, how threats are perceived, and a history of traumatic experiences.

Signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Persistent worry and rumination
  • Obsessing about worst-case scenarios
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Trembling and excessive sweating
  • Upset stomach
  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Being easily startled

What are SSRIs?

SSRIs treat depression and anxiety by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is often referred to as a “happy hormone.” In addition to being a mood stabilizer, it also plays a crucial role in our sleeping, eating, and digestive processes.

All SSRIs are thought to work in a similar way, by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin into neurons. This process makes more serotonin available to improve transmission of messages between neurons. As “selective,” SSRIs mainly affect serotonin, not other neurotransmitters, but they are known to produce a wide range of side effects throughout the body.

These include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Personality changes
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire, difficulty reaching orgasm or inability to maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Impact on appetite, leading to weight loss or weight gain
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Can Brillia & SSRIs Help with Generalized Anxiety Disorder? 

Though SSRIs do have a high success rate3in treating anxiety disorders, for some users the side effects associated with these drugs persist or worsen over time, especially when dosages are increased to maintain efficacy. For these reasons, some use alternative medications to reduce their anxiety, such as homeopathic medication like Brillia. 

Brillia is a non-prescription medication that offers a gentle and impactful approach to reducing anxiety without harsh, synthetic chemicals or harmful side effects. The active ingredient in Brillia consists of antibodies to the brain-specific S100 protein (S100B), which plays a crucial role in various intracellular and extracellular brain processes, including mood stabilization. By regulating the activity of this protein, Brillia promotes calmness and clarity in a gentle yet extremely targeted manner.

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Are SSRIs or Brillia More Effective? 

Each person will respond differently to various types of treatment. While SSRIs may work for one person without side effects, these side effects may be unavoidable and persistent in others. And for some, the benefits of prescription medication like an SSRI can outweigh the side effects that usually come with taking them. Finding the right plan for you may involve combining a number of efforts.

While Brillia is incredibly effective on its own for many users, one unique aspect about the medication is that it has no contraindications. This means it can be added to your regimen without worry, even if you are already taking other medications. So, if you  feel that using prescription medication is the best choice for you, Brillia can be added to help with some of the symptoms that the prescription medication is not helping or to slow down the progression to an increased dose to avoid side effects down the line. 

Feel free to start or stop Brillia at any time because there are also no withdrawal effects associated with the medication. This is another aspect that sets Brillia apart from SSRIs, which carry withdrawal effects like increased anxiety, burning or tingling feelings, confusion, dizziness, headache, or unusual weakness.

How Does Brillia Work in Your System? 

Studies show that anxiety and depression may stem from an imbalance of the S100B protein4. Brillia works by targeting and regulating this protein, consequently reducing anxiety, irritability, and restlessness without affecting any other systems in the body. As a result of this regulating effect, Brillia also normalizes the level of monoamines (dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin) in different parts of the brain without causing any off-target side effects. The result is less anxiety and more clarity. 

Which is Best for You? 

Finding the best treatment plan for your symptoms will take time and patience. But it’s important to note that while SSRIs are helpful in treating anxiety, they are not a cure. Finding additional ways to manage anxiety, such as seeing a therapist, and following a healthy lifestyle are imperative to maintaining mental equilibrium. This is why Brillia relies on a holistic approach, which encourages healthy lifestyle habits in combination with medication to address anxiety. Proper nutrition, adequate sleep, controlled screen time, and mindfulness practices have all been proven to successfully reduce anxiety symptoms, whether you are taking medication or not. By using Brillia in tandem with these 5 Pillars, users have a long-term plan to manage anxiety, stress, and irritability with ease.

If you decide to switch over to Brillia, we recommend talking to your doctor first before stopping medication and allowing the medication to build up in the system as you may not see results for two to three weeks, if not longer. We ask you to be consistent while employing the 5 Pillars to see the best results. 

Learn more about how Brillia works and find more resources on managing anxiety at the Brillia(nce) Resource Center.

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