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What happens when there is a disruption in taking prescription medication for a chronic condition?

Dr. Dulan talks about interrupting medications for chronic conditions. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


When someone with a chronic condition doesn’t take their medication on schedule, they risk having other medical problems or conditions develop or worsen, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

By skipping a pill to control blood pressure, for example, your blood pressure might seem to be just a bit higher than usual, but the damage – especially if the medicine is skipped frequently – can build, according to the NIH. The more the medication plan is disrupted the more out-of-control the chronic condition can become and the higher the risk of creating new problems.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the problems that can be caused by disrupting your medication.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices