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Pharmacy Sig Codes

Pharmacy Sig Codes & Medical Abbreviations

APAP acetaminophen
ASA acetylsalicylic acid
cap capsule
elix elixir
FDA Food and Drug Administration
INH Inhalor, Inhalation, isoniazid (anti-tubercular drug)
NSAID(s) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug(s)
OTC over-the-counter
PDR Physicians' Desk Reference
Rx prescription
supp suppository
susp suspension
tab tablet
tinct tincture
USP United States Pharmacopeia
ung ointment (unguent)
ac before meals (ante cibum)
ad lib as desired (ad libitum)
aq water (aqua)
bid twice a day, (bis in die)
gtt, gtts drop(s) (gutta)
hs at bedtime (hora somni)
IM intramuscular(ly)
IU international unit
IV intravenous(ly)
IVPB IV piggyback
NS normal saline
p after, post
pc after meals (post cibum)
po by mouth (per os)
prn as needed (pro re nata)
qd every day (quaque die)
qh every hour (quaque hora)
q______h every_____hours
qid four times a day (quater in die)
qm every morning (quaque matin)
qod every other day (quaque [other]die)
SC, sub-Q, SQ subcutaneous(ly)
tid three times a day (ter in die)
U unit(s)
x times, for
ASAP as soon as possible
bm bowel movement
BP blood pressure
cc cubic centimeter
C02 carbon dioxide
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
d/c discontinue, discharge
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ER emergency room
F Fahrenheit
hr hour
H20 water
i 1
ii 2
iii 3
iv 4
v 5
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
mg milligram
ml milliliter
NPO nothing by mouth
NTG nitroglycerin
O2 oxygen
OD right eye
OS left eye
OU both eyes
pt patient, pint
s without
sx symptoms
s/s signs and symptoms
stat immediately, Now
SOB shortness of breath
tab tablet
> greater than
< less than
am morning
amt amount
NPO Nothing by mouth
CBC complete blood count
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
/ per (example - "Max 5/12 h" = "maximum of 5 per 12 hours")
µ Micro
µg MicroGram
¼ NS 0.22% Normal Saline
½ NS 0.45% Normal Saline
Q12° every 12 hours
Q4° every 4 hours
5x/d five times a day
a before
AMA American Medical Association
AA Affected Area, Amino Acids
ACE Inhibitors angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (medication classification)
AD Right Ear
ADD attention deficit disorder
ADHD attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder
Aft Afternoon
AIDS Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Amp Ampule, Ampoule
AS Left Ear
ATC Around the Clock
AU Both Ears
BBB Blood Brain Barrier
BC Birth Control
BSA Body Surface Area
c with
C & C Cough and Congestion
Ca Calcium, Cancer
CaCO3 calcium carbonate
CAD coronary artery disease
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CF cystic fibrosis
CHF congestive heart failure
CL Chlorine, Chloride
CM Centimeter
CMPD Compound
CNS Central Nervous System
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
COD Codiene
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP Chest pain
CR Cream. Controled Release
d day, daily
D51/2NS 5% Dextrose & 0.45% NS
D5W 5% dextrose in water
Dex Dextrose
DAW Dispense as Written (no generic)
Disp Dispense
DM diabetes mellitus
DNS Do Not Substitute
DOB Date of Birth
DS Double Strength, Days Supply
Dx Diagnosis
EC Enteric Coated
ED Emergency Department, Erectile Dysfunction
EDS Estimated Days Supply
EES erythromycin ethylsuccinate
Elix Elixer
EMS emergency medical service
ENT Ear nose throat
EPO epoietin alfa, erythropoietin, Epogen, Procrit
ER emergency room, Extended Release
ETOH (ethyl) alcohol (alcohol you drink)
FE Iron
FeSO4 ferrous sulfate (iron)
fl. oz. fluid ounce
G Gram
GM Gram
gr grain
gal Gallon
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
GH Growth Hormone
GI Gastrointestinal
GI Tube Gastrointestinal Tube
GSW Gun Shot Wound
h hour
Hx History
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
HA Headache
HBP High Blood Pressure
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HD High Dose
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HPV Human Papilloma Virus
HRT Hormone replacement therapy
ERT Estrogen Replacement Therapy
HTN Hypertension
HCl Hydrochloride
IBW Ideal Body Weight
ICU Intensive Care Unit
ID Intadermal
Inf Infection
Inj injection
IT Intrathecal
IUD intrauterine device
IVPB Intravenous Piggy Back
K, K+ Potassium
K, KG Kilogram
L Liter
LA Long Acting
LB Pound
# quantity, pound
Liq Liquid
Lot Lotion
LR lactated Ringer’s solution
M Meter
MAOI's monoamine oxidase inhibitors
mcg Microgram
MDI metered dose inhaler
mEq Milliequivalent
Mg, Mg++ magnesium
MgSO4 magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
Min Minimum, Minute
mL Milliliter
MOM milk of magnesia
MSO4 morphine sulfate
MTX Methotrexate (anti cancer drug)
MVI Multi-Vitamin Injection
N/V, N&V nausea and vomiting
Na, Na+ Sodium
NaCl Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline)
Neb Nebulizer
NG Tube Nasal Gastric Tube
NKA No Known Allergies
NKDA No Known Drug Allergies
NOCT Evening, Night
NR No Refills (Do not repeat)
NS 0.9% Normal Saline (Sodium Chloride )
NTE Not to Exceed
O2 Oxygen
OC oral contraceptive
Oint Ointment
OM Otitis Media
OR Operating Room
OTC Over the Counter
oz Ounce
pr Rectaly
pv Vaginally
pcn penicillin
tcn tetracycline
PM Evening
PTU propylthiouracil
Q every
QS Quantity sufficient (Give/add enough to equal)
qam every morning
QHS at bedtime (every night at bedtime)
QT quart
ROA Route of Administration
RBC Red Blood Cell
Sig Directions, Signature
SL Sublingually (Under the tongue)
SMX/TMP, SMZ/TMP sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim
SOL Solution
SR Slow or Sustained Release
ss 1/2, single strength
SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
STD sexually transmitted disease
Supp Suppository
Susp Suspension
Syp, Syr Syrup
TAC triamcinolone
Tbs, tble, T Tablespoonful
BIW Twice a week, every 2 weeks
TIW Three times a week
Top Topically
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TR Time Release
tsp, t Teaspoonful
Tx Treatment
UD As Directed
URI upper respiratory infection
LWi Lower respiratory infection
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
W, Wk Week, Weekly
W/ With
W/O Without
WBC white blood cell (count)
Wt Weight
x3d for 3 days (or maybe 3 doses, caution)
XL extended release
XR extended release
yr year
Zn Zinc
Δ Change
Created by: pierce258