Taking any medication for prolonged periods of time can have side effects
. Of course, in a perfect world, we wouldn't need any of it. However, for something chronic, sometimes the doc has to prescribe a longer term dose. This is something that only you and your doc can decide. Additionally, when they make a decision like that, you must be confident, first of all, that they know what they're doing (referrals, etc.) 2nd, know that they must feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.