Home > Medical > Meds and you > Using medicines Using medicines All sections in Meds and You » Antibiotics » Generics » Inside the Lab » Medication » News » Using Medicines Getting rid of expired medicines On National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Americans can get rid of any expired or unused prescription medicines safely and quickly at specified sites. 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. Ask Addictions Expert » Test Using the wrong pills? » Quiz Addicted to pills? » Join Body Talk » Medical history Medicines that changed history 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. 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. 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. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many.