Home > Medical > Meds and you > Using medicines Using medicines All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines Here's what your doctor's prescription means Even if you can figure out your doctor's handwriting on your prescription, you probably still don't know what it means. We decode it for you. Save money on meds With a multitude of OTC medicines available worldwide, patients and consumers are ideally positioned to invest in proactive lifestyle choices and responsible self-care. A glossary of drug label terms Don't know a side effect from an adverse effect? Can't tell a precaution from a warning? You're not alone. Ask Addictions Expert » Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Join Body Talk » Medical history Medicines that changed history How grapefruit can affect medications Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, Seville oranges and limes are in the news for causing serious effects in combination with well-known medications. DietDoc takes a closer look. 'Inactive' ingredients in meds can cause side-effects It is not only the active ingredients in medications that can have an effect on our health - the so-called "excipients" can also have pronounced implications, writes DietDoc. Meds that cause extreme weight loss There are medicines for serious medical conditions such as cancer, HIV and dementia, which suppress the appetite and can cause extreme weight loss and anorexia, writes DietDoc. Medicine addiction Many people are addicted to medicines - and it's often the over-the-counter medicines that can be bought without prescription. How meds can affect your mouth You're probably well aware of side effects that many medicines can cause. But how your meds affect your mouth is also important mouth health impacts overall body health. Foods that influence the effect of medications A variety of foods can have an influence on how effectively and safely certain medications work in the human body. DietDoc has more. Why we don't take our meds Do you follow doctor’s orders? Over half of people on chronic meds take them incorrectly, or not at all, with serious consequences. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.