Some people definitely do need to be on medication for long term or for life for different reasons. Some medications prevent other conditions from developing and in some cases many actually help you stay alive. I am not saying that some people should not be on medication, but I am questioning if some really need to be on some or all of what they are currently taking. I will give you a couple of examples.
My blood pressure has always been normal. About two years ago, I developed a rare form of a migraine and for some reason it made my blood pressure go up and it made my pulse rate race for a while. I do not dispute the fact that I definitely did need to be on blood pressure medication for a while. When I first started taking the medication, I said to myself, “I wonder how long I will need to be on this.” The reason why I thought that was because my pressure has always been normal and I figured when my head starts feeling better, I probably will not need medication anymore. Here I am two years later, and I am off of the medication and I am doing well without it.
It was not exactly that easy to get off of it. First of all, I had to convince my doctor that I did not want to be on this medication for the rest of my life if I did not need to be. His first reaction was, “Why mess with your blood pressure if it is stable?” He figured that the medication was keeping the numbers normal. My answer to him was a reminder that before I developed this ailment, my pressure was normal. He knew that very well. Doctors cannot really make patients take any medication that they do not want to. So, he finally agreed to lower the dose because with certain pills, you have to be weaned off, you cannot just stop taking them. I have proved to him and myself that I did not need to be on this medication for long term.
Just a couple of months ago, my grandmother was rushed to the hospital because her potassium levels were very high. We almost lost her. Once in the doctor’s care, he eliminated a number of medications that she had been taking for years that almost killed her. She is home and doing so much better now. She is 93 years old but healthy as can be. Those pills were ruining her heart. She was about to go into cardiac arrest.
As I said, some people do need to be on medication, but it is a good idea from time to time to re-evaluate everything. Unfortunately, some doctors will just keep you on medication until you die. I knew in my case that if I did not say anything, I would still be on the blood pressure pills that I did not need anymore. Who knows what side effects I could have developed later on in life because of these pills? I am only 44 years old and have a whole life ahead of me still. Sometimes you have to stay on top of things and take charge. In the long run, it can save your life and help you to live longer.