What is a long term medication?

A long-term medication is a medicine that is taken regularly, for more than three months, to control symptoms or prevent complications from a long-term/regular condition.

For example, medication for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • A heart condition
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Contraception
  • Arthritis

A number of long-term medications can be prescribed without seeing your GP / nurse practitioner, however all long-term medications will require a review at least every 12 months - sometimes more regularly.

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