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Common Drug Abbrev.

Common Drug Abbreviations

AbbreviationDrug name
APAP acetaminophen
ASA aspirin
BC birth control
Ca, Ca++ calcium
CHF congestive heart failure
Cl chloride, chlorine
Cod codeine
CR controlled release
DM dextromethorphan
DCN, DN100 Darvocet N-100
doxy doxycycline
EC enteric coated
EC ASA enteric coated aspirin
ER extended release
EtOH (ethyl) alcohol
Fe, FE++ iron
FeSO4 ferrous sulfate (iron)
HC hydrocortisone
HCT hydrocortisone or hydrochlorothiazide (careful)
HCO3 bicarbonate
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HS half strength
INH isoniazid
K, K+ potassium
LA long acting (time released)
Mg, Mg++ magnesium
MgSO4 magnesium sulfate (careful)
MSO4 morphine sulfate (careful)
MOM milk of magnesia
MTX methotrexate (careful)
MVI multivitamin
Na, Na+ sodium
NaCl 0.9% normal saline
NS, NSS normal saline
NSAID non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
NTG nitroglycerin
OC oral contraceptive
ORS oral rehydration solution
PB phenobarbital
PCN penicillin
PNV prenatal vitamin
PTU propylthiouracil
SMX/TMP sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
SMZ/TMP sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
SR slow release or sustained release
TAC triamcinolone
TCN tetracycline
TMP/SMX sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
TMP/SMZ sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
TR time release
XL extended release
XR extended release
Zn, Zn++ zinc
ZnSO4 zinc sulfate
Created by: ntnewman18652