What is the difference between a medicine and a drug? Is there a difference?

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (4 posts)
  1. capncrunch profile image75
    capncrunchposted 7 years ago

    What is the difference between a medicine and a drug?  Is there a difference?

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/4721515_f260.jpg

  2. abbykorinnelee profile image71
    abbykorinneleeposted 7 years ago

    Not really; its just legal drugs when its used with a perscription.  They are also addictive some of them.  They all illegal or not have side effects.  Some are even worse for you that are legal then the ones that are illegal.

  3. stefancando profile image66
    stefancandoposted 7 years ago

    Many medicines can be used as drugs, sometimes even drugs having the potential to be used as medicine.

    To me, the difference lies in what you use a certain chemical for. If you use it to get high, you can consider it a drug.

    Let me use opiates as an example. Heroin, Morphine, Oxycodone etc, they were all developed as drugs to combat pain. They are some of the best painkillers available because they resemble natural chemicals our bodies produce to feel pleasure. This also means that they produce few side-effects. The problem with opiates is that they can give you too much pleasure causing addiction.
    A patient who is in great pain can receive opiates without any problems, addiction developing in very few. However, a person who suffers from very mild pain, or takes opiates to feel good will most likely develop dependence.

    There is a very thin line between a drug and a medicine.
    Cannabis was considered just another drug for a very long time. Recently, it is being used to combat side effects of chemotherapy.
    Ketamine was developed as a tranquilizer and can be used for anaesthesia. It can also be used to hallucinate.

    The list of examples is huge, because most chemicals that we can pun into our bodies have more than one effect.

    My opinion is that there is great bias when classifying chemicals into drugs or medicines, usually these lists being compiled taking into consideration their theoretical potential for abuse, not necessarily applying for every individual.

    If you consider a certain substance as being a drug or a medicine is usually a personal decision, depending on what you intend to use it for.

  4. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image60
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 6 years ago

    Not really, although medicine is more of a general term. Medicine could be used to refer to a hot toddy - good medicine!

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)