Continuous Medication

Philippines
June 19, 2011 7:55am CST
Friends... When the doctor says continuous medication, can we do away with this if we have made a healthy lifestyle?
7 responses
• United States
21 Jun 11
Definitely, when I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes approximately 12 years ago, I was told I was probably going to have to take medication in order to control my blood sugars, but since I started eating better, staying away from carbs, sweets and red meat. I have also been excercising, and because of my weight loss and change in diet, I have been medication free for approximately 2 months. It feels so good not to have to take medication in the mornings and nights.
• Philippines
19 Jun 11
It depends on the medications.If it's antibiotics,you really need to follow the prescribed treatment.If it's for a disease which can be controlled by diet modification or so called life style diseases, then maybe you can as long as it is supervised by your attending physician because discontinuation of medication should be gradual.
• United States
19 Jun 11
Not out of experience for myself but I would have to say it would depend on what the medication is and what it is intended for. See there are people for example with high blood pressure who regardless of healthy lifestyles need continuous medications. Therefore, it would always be advisable to discuss with ones doctor as to the reasons why the medication is to be continued and what the side effects are if one suddenly stops using it, even if it is because one is having a healthier life style.
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
19 Jun 11
Continous medication and maintainance meds are differnt. Continous med I think is you should continue it because you are not yet cured nor relieved. But my answer to those two is you skip once in a while because you may be immuned to meds or you'll have side effects later on.
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
19 Jun 11
That depends on the medication and your condition. Your best bet would be to discuss this with your doctor. Some medications can be stopped some cant. My mom takes alot of Medication and she was able to get off most of them but there are a couple that she still has to take.
@ravisivan (14053)
• India
19 Jun 11
It depends on the patient. If one is between 30 and 40, you can try reducing medication.yes. initially u were asked to take 3 tablets - then reduce to two and one and try. Invariably what happens in three out of ten cases people start becoming diffident and revert back to regular medication. Above medication, it is the mental strength of the patient that is important in such matters. If the ailment is a serious one this strategy may not help.
@grazmd (33)
• Philippines
19 Jun 11
That depends on the medication. If it's a maintenance medication, then you really should take it religiously. Coupled with a healthy lifestyle, then probably your doctor can taper it until he decides to stop until he sees good results. But if you're already living a healthy lifestyle, with no risk factors, then what are those medications for?