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Quick quiz on common abbreviations used in administration of meds

gtt drop
gtts drops
tab tablet
tr. or tinct. tincture
susp. suspension
syp. syrup
subcut. (also SQ or SubQ) subcutaneous
supp. suppository
prn as necessary or as required
soln. solution
HS hour of sleep
per by way of
PO or Orally by mouth
a.c. before meals (Latin: "ante cibum")
p.c. after meals (Latin: "post cibum")
ad lib as desired
b.i.d. two times a day
t.i.d. three times a day
q.i.d. four times a day
cap capsule
elix. elixir (contains alcohol)
ext. extract
IM or I.M. intramuscular
IV or I.V. intravenous
nightly each night at bedtime
NS or N/S normal saline
OD right eye (Latin: "oculus dexter")
OS left eye (Latin: "oculus sinister")
OU both eyes (Latin: "oculus uterque")
ung ointment
PR per rectum
Created by: jponti