What is a chronic condition?
Often referred to as incurable but manageable disease a chronic condition is a set of symptoms or a disease which is long lasting in their presence and effects. These effects need to be controlled or minimised in order for the patient to remain alive and healthy.
Examples of chronic conditions
- Bipolar disorder
- Cardiac diseases
- HIV and AIDS
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Diabetes (all types)
There are variety of chronic diseases but the list above should give an example of a chronic disease and and also alert one to the necessity of chronic medication. By the examples given one can see that if medication is not adhered to the consequences may lead to death.
What is chronic medication
Medical professionals have defined chronic medication as a long term treatment, the long term as measured by three months or longer. Chronic medication is employed to keep the symptoms of the affliction at bay and also to prevent the progress of a disease.
HIV/Aids is an example where the difference in the health of a patient becomes almost immediately evident in the presence of the correct medication, just so if the disease is left untreated or treated incorrectly the patient will surely deteriorate and die.
Chronic medication ensures correct dosage at correct times over the period that a patient is afflicted with the disease.
Will you ever be able to stop taking chronic medication?
Chronic medication is often prescribed for the patient to use for the rest of their lives, there are however, certain diseases which clear up after a number of months and medication can be adjusted or stopped. This will however have to be at the discretion of the GP or specialist.
The important thing to remember when dealing with any medical situation is not to self diagnose. Rather visit your GP and have a proper medical diagnosis and the correct medication prescribed.