Get to Know Your Words: b.d.s, bds, BDS

b.d.s, bds, BDS

Latin – bis die sumendum
Two times a day

You may be thinking that the pharmacy where you fill your prescription does the deciphering for you. While that’s true, you should read the prescription and go over the directions with your doctor before you leave their office. Understanding the abbreviations found on your prescription bottle is essential for your health! 

BDS: Bis die sumendum is not something we hear every day but it means two times a day. It’s often abbreviated to b.d.s, bds, or BDS on your prescription bottle. 


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