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all sig codes

aa of each
AAA Apply to Affected Area
ad right ear
ad lib freely, as desired
admov apply
agit stir, shake
alt. h. alternating hours, every other hour
a.m.m. at doctor's hand
am morning, before noon
amp ampule
amt amount
aq water
a.l. or a.s. left ear
ATC around the clock
a.u. both ears
BDS/b.d.s. twice daily
bis twice
bid/b.d. twice daily
BM bowel movement
bol. as a large single dose (usually intravenously)
B.S. blood sugar
B.S.A. body surface area
b.t. bedtime
BUCC inside cheek
cap. caps. capsule,
c with (usually written with a bar on top)
cib. with food
cc can mean cubic centimeter or with food
cf with food
comp compound
cr. crm. cream
CST continue same treatment
d, D days, or can mean doses
D5W dextrose 5% solution
D5SN dextrose 5% in normal saline (0.9%)
D.A.W. dispense as written (i.e., no generic substitution)
dc, D/C, disc discontinue or discharge
dieb. alt. every other day
dil dilute
disp dispersible or dispense
div divide
dL deciliter`
d.t.d. give of such doses
DTO deodorized tincture of opium, Laudanum
D.W. distilled water
elix elixir
e.m.p. as directed
emuls. emulsion
et and
eod every other day
ex aq in water
fl. fld. fluid
ft make, let it be made
g gram
gr grain
gtt(s) drop(s)
H hypodermic
h, hr hour
hs at bed time (can also mean half strength)
ID intradermal
IJ, inj injection
IM intramuscular
IN intranasal
IP intraperitoneal
IT intrathecal (shouldn't be used)
IU international unit (shouldn't be used)
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
IVPB intravenous piggy back
k.g. kilogram
L.A.S. label as such
LCD coal tar solution
lin liniment
liq solution
lot. lotion
MAE Moves All Extremities
mane in the morning
M. mix
m. min a minimum
mcg microgram
m.d.u. use as directed
m.E.q. milliequivalent
mg milligram
mg/dL milligrams per deciliter
MgSO4 magnesium sulfate, not to be used
mist. mix
mitte send
mL milliliter
MS can mean either morphine sulfate or magnesium sulfate, spell out either
MSO4 morphine sulfate, not to be used
nebul a spray
N.M.T. not more than
noct at night
non rep no repeats
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline, (0.9%)
1/2NS one half normal saline, (0.45%)
N.T.E. not to exceed
n.r. no refills
o2 both eyes
o.d. right eye, or every day
o.m. every morning
o.n. every night
o.p.d. once per day
o.s. left eye
o.u. both eyes
oz ounce
per per or through
p.c. after meals
pig./pigm paint
p.m. afternoon, evening
p.o. by mouth, orally
p.r., PR by rectum
PRN, p.r.n. as needed
pulv. powder
PV per vagina
q every, per
q.a.d. every other day
q1d, q.d. every day
q.d.s four times a day
q.p.m. every after noon
q.h. ever hour
q.h.s. every night at bedtime
q.1h, q1° every one hour (one can be replaced with other numbers)
q.i.d. four times daily
q.o.d. every other day (do not use)
q.q.h. every 4 hours
q.s. a sufficient quantity
QWK every week
PR rectal
rep. rept repeats
RL. R/L Ringer's lactate
s without (usually written with a bar on top of the "s")
s.a. according to the art (accepted practice); use your judgement
SC, subc, subcut, subq, SQ, subcutaneous (not to be used)
sig write on label
SL sublingually, under the tongue
S.O.B, SOB shortness of breath
sol solution
s.o.s., si op. sit if there is a need
ss one half, or sliding scale
SSRI, SSI sliding scale insulin, or sliding scale regular insulin
SNRI Serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (class of antidepressant)
SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (class of antidepressant)
stat immediately
SubQ subcutaneously
supp suppository
susp suspension
syr syrup
tab tablet
tal. t such
tbsp tablespoon
t.s.d/TSD three times a day
t.i.w. three times a week
top topical
T.P.N. total parenteral nutrition
tr, tinc., tinct. tincture
troche lozenge
tsp teaspoon
U unit (do not use)
u.d., ut. dict. as directed
ung ointment
U.S.P. United States Pharmacopeia
vag. vaginally
w with
w/a while awake
wf with food, with meals
w/o, s without
X times
Y.O. years old
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