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Health Care Records - Q – Common Prescription Abbreviations & Symbols & A – Mea

ā before
a.c. before meals
a.m. before noon
b.i.d. twice a day
d day
h hour
h.s. at the hour of sleep (bedtime) [spell out bedtime]
noc. night
p.c. after meals
p.m. after noon
p.r.n. as needed
q every
q.d. (*) every day [NEVER USE: spell out every day or daily]
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
q.i.d. four times a day
q.o.d. (*) every other day [NEVER USE: spell out every other day]
STAT immediately
t.i.d. three times a day
wk week
yr year
AD right ear [spell out right ear]
ad lib. as desired
amt amount
aq water
AS left ear [spell out left ear]
AU both ears [spell out both ears]
NPO nothing by mouth
OD right eye [spell out right eye]
OS left eye [spell out left eye]
OU both eyes [spell out both eyes]
per by or through
p.o. by mouth
PR through rectum
PV through vagina
Rx recipe; prescription
Sig label; instruction to the patient
wa while awake
x times or for; x6 means six times while x2d means for two days
> greater than [spell out greater than]
< less than [spell out less than]
Created by: MT student1