Buying Guide: Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication

Over-the-counter anxiety and ADHD medications are now emerging as safe and effective alternatives to prescription medication.
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In 2020, the use of anxiety medication increased by 34.1 percent in the U.S., with the pandemic largely to blame. Whether you feel burdened by the uncertain state of the world at the moment or you’ve been struggling with anxiety for years, chances are you’ve considered prescription anxiety medication to cope. But for many, the idea of committing to medication is daunting, especially if you’ve never taken it before or you’re already taking medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Will your doctor prescribe the right medication? What will the side effects be like? Will you have to take them forever? If you’ve ever wished for an easier method of coping with your anxiety or ADHD, you will be relieved to know that over-the-counter anxiety and ADHD medications are now emerging as safe and effective alternatives to prescription medication. To help you decide what’s right for you, let’s explore the difference between homeopathic medication like Brillia and traditional prescription medication, as well as the link between ADHD and anxiety

How Is Anxiety Typically Treated?

The two primary treatments for anxiety are psychotherapy and medication. Some people choose to combine these treatments for greater success.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one type of therapy for anxiety in which patients learn specific skills to change the way they think and behave during times when they are anxious and gradually revisit activities they previously avoided due to their anxiety. 

Medications prescribed for anxiety include long-term usage of antidepressants approved for anxiety and anti-anxiety medications; or short-term usage of sedatives or beta blockers.

Lifestyle changes can also help reduce anxiety, such as keeping physically active, avoiding alcohol, cutting back on caffeine, and prioritizing sleep. Many individuals use relaxation techniques like mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi, and visualization techniques to ease anxiety in triggering situations.

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OTC vs. Prescription Anxiety Medication

In the U.S., it is not possible to buy popular ADHD or anxiety medications over-the-counter (OTC), such as benzodiazepines, SSRI’s, sedatives, or stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall. These drugs are classified as controlled substances because of their addictive properties and potential for abuse. In fact, overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines quadrupled between 2005 and 2015 as the market for anti-anxiety drugs continues to climb  to a projected $4.15 billion by 2027 in the U.S. Similarly, a 2016 Johns Hopkins study found that non-prescribed use of the ADHD medicine Adderall by young adults went up by 67 percent and associated emergency room visits rose by 156 percent over a period of five years, indicating problematic use. 

Aside from their danger for abuse, another issue with prescription medication is their lack of long-term efficacy. While they may provide immediate relief for some, when the side effects of such medications wear off, the user will find themselves facing the same problems again. This doesn’t just lead to potential dependency on the drug, and a reliance on increased dosages, but it may also lessen the user’s natural coping skills.

With the incidence of side effects and the potential for addiction, it makes sense that some sufferers of anxiety and ADHD might be wary of prescription drugs. But this doesn’t mean they should have to face their symptoms without help. While benzodiazepines, SSRI’s, sedatives, and stimulants are not available over the counter, and for good reason, homeopathic remedies like Brillia are available and safe for use by adults and children.

Designed for those with anxiety, ADHD, or coexisting conditions, Brillia is an over-the-counter anxiety medication proven to reduce anxiety symptoms, impulsivity, and lack of focus. Brillia is effective across a variety of diagnoses, though it does not require a prescription or an official diagnosis. Available for daily use in easy-to-dissolve tablets, Brillia for Adults can help the following symptoms of anxiety: 

  • Restlessness
  • Stress
  • Impulsivity
  • Irritability
  • Lack of clarity and focus

Brillia is available as an OTC anxiety medication because it does not contain any harmful or addictive ingredients. The active ingredient of Brillia is antibodies to the brain-specific S100 protein (S100B), which is an important regulator of various different intracellular and extracellular brain processes. By regulating the S100B protein in the body, the medication effectively helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and ADHD without any harmful side effects or contraindications with other medications.

Now it’s time to test your knowledge on what causes anxiety and how to best treat it. Can you determine which of the following statements are true?

ADHD Cannot Lead to Anxiety

Answer: True

Though ADHD does not inherently cause anxiety, these two conditions are connected. Studies show that about 50 percent of adults with ADHD also suffer from anxiety, which may interfere with their ability to work, study, nurture meaningful relationships, or even fall asleep at night. ADHD can also worsen an anxiety disorder because of its impact on the feel-good brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin. Does ADHD medication help these debilitating symptoms? Not always. How most ADHD medication works is by stimulating the user, which can actually increase anxiety and lead to other undesirable side effects like insomnia, decreased appetite, headaches, and moodiness. Fear of added anxiety can deter ADHD sufferers from seeking help, though non prescription medication designed for comorbid anxiety and ADHD may be the answer.  

Natural Remedies Can Help With Anxiety

Answer: True

From herbal remedies like lavender and lemon balm to nutritional supplements like magnesium and 5-HTP, there are a number of natural remedies used for anxiety, with some proving to be more effective than others. These options are typically gentler on the system and worth exploring before resorting to prescription drugs or increasing dosage of your prescribed medications, though users should always find out if there are contraindications first. For instance, the popular supplement St. John’s wort is not recommended for those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Lexapro, Prozac, or Zoloft because of its impact on GABA transmitters in the brain.

Anxiety Can Only be Treated with Prescription Meds

Answer: False

Though prescription drugs continue to be a source of relief for many, they may work best as a last resort, especially as over-the-counter alternatives continue to emerge as effective remedies. In the journey of deciding what the best course of action is, a homeopathic medication like Brillia is a great place to start.

Unlike many prescription drugs, the body does not develop any tolerance to Brillia, so dosage never needs to be increased and Brillia’s effects never diminish. Even more, Brillia does not have contraindications; the medication can be taken in addition to any prescription drugs to address additional symptoms or even those symptoms created by the prescribed medication. Because Brillia is an option for those who are looking for an effective alternative to pharmaceutical products, it is possible to switch to taking Brillia in the place of these pharmaceuticals once Brillia has built up in the system, which may take 2-3 weeks, or longer. However, it is recommended that users speak to their doctors first if they consider coming off prescribed medication. 

What Else Can You Do to Help with Your Anxiety?

While prescription medication may temporarily reduce anxiety, it does not solve the underlying issues from which anxiety stems. Healthy lifestyle choices and relaxation techniques can also make a world of difference, as well as speaking to a counselor or therapist about why you’re experiencing anxiety in the first place. Brillia’s 5-Pillar methodology consists of a variety of healthy lifestyle factors, which all work in tandem to reduce anxiety for long-term relief. These factors include  getting adequate sleep, limiting screen time, following a nutritious diet, and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Together, these healthy lifestyle choices along with Brillia’s targeted ingredients present a holistic plan anxiety sufferers don’t have to feel anxious about or even ask their doctor about. For even more help at home, some individuals find anxiety relief with simple self-care rituals, using a weighted blanket, or even making small home decor changes to make your home an anxiety-free space. 

Find more resources about managing ADHD and anxiety at the Brilli(ance) Resource Center.  

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References: 1 https://www.newsweek.com/americans-are-taking-34-percent-more-anxiety-meds-since-coronavirus-pandemic-started-study-says-1498189, 2 https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/facts-statistics-infographic, 3 https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/adult-adhd, https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/treatments-approaches/medications/ritalin-and-anxiety, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/02/antianxiety-drugs-fuel-the-next-deadly-drug-crisis-in-us.html, 6 https://www.verifiedmarketresearch.com/product/benzodiazepines-market/, 7 https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/02/16/adderall-abuse-rising-young-adults/

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