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MCPHS - Abbreviation

MCPHS - Pharmaceutics 1 - Prescription Abbreviations 2005-06

AbbreviationMeaning
aa of each
a.c. before meals
ad up to; to make
a.d. Right Ear
ad lib. at your pleasure; freely
admin. administer
a.m. morning
amp. Ampul
aq. Water
a.s. Left Ear
asa Asprin
atc around the clock
a.u. each ear
b.i.d. twice a day
bmd bone mineral density
bm bowel movement
bp blood pressure
bs blood sugar
bsa body surface area
c. or c with
cap. Capsule
cc. Cubic Centimeter
CHD Congestive Heart Disease
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
comp. Compound
d. Day
dil. Dilute
disc., DC, D/C discontinue
disp. Dipense
div. Divide
d.t.d. give of such dose
DW Distilled Water
D5LR dextrose 5% in Lactated Ringer's Solution
D5W dextrose 5% in water
D10W dextrose 10% in water
elix. Elixer
e.o.d. every other day
et And
ex aq. in water
f. or fl. fluid
ft. Make
g gram
GI GastroIntestinal
HA Headache
HBP High Blood Pressure
HC hydrocortisone
HRT hormone replacement therapy
h.s. at bedtime
HT or HTN Hypertension
ID intradermal
IM Intramuscular
inj. Injection
iso. isotonic
IU International Units
IV Intravenous
IVP Intravenous Push
IVPB Intravenous Piggy Back
m&n morning and night
M. mix
min minute
m2 or M2 (sq.'d) square meter
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mg/kg milligrams (drug) per Kilogram (body Wt.)
mg/m2 (sq.) milligrams (drug) per Square Meter (bsa)
mL milliLiter
mL/h milliLiters (drug) per hour (IV admin)
mOsm or mOsmol milliosmoles
MI Myocardial Ischemia/Infarction
MS Morphine Sulfate
N&V nausea and Vomiting
NF National Formulary
NMT not more than
No. number
noct. night or "noctern"
non rep. or N.R. do not repeat
NPO nothing by mouth
N.S. or NS normal saline
1/2 NS half-strength normal saline
NTG nitroglycerin
o.d. right eye
o.l. left eye
o.s. left eye
o.u. each eye
O2 Both eyes
oint. ointment
q every
hs bed time
ql or qp prn (as needed)
ss half
qw every week
T.A.D. or U.D. As Directed (take as directed)
TAT take all total (take until all gone)
SID Once Daily (Vet's versio of qd = every day)
ql. aq. glass of water
GFR Glomerular filtration rate
gt. or gtt. drop or drop(s)
GU genitourinary
postop postoperatively
ppm parts per million
ppb parts per billion
p.r.n. or prn when required or "as needed"
pt. Patient
pulv. Powder
q.d. every day
q.h. every hour
q.i.d. 4 times per day
q.o.d. every other day
q.s. or qs a sufficient quantity
q.s. ad a sufficient quantity to make
rect. rectal or rectum
rep. repeat
R.L. or R/L Ringer's Lactate
Rx Prescription Symbol (Recipe "you take")
s. with out
s.i.d. once a day
Sig. Write on Label (direction)
SL Sublingual
SOB Shortness of Breath
sol. solution
s.o.s. As Needed (if there is a need)
stat. First Dose (Immediate)
s.c., SQ, subc, subq subcutaneously
OJ Orange Juice
p.c. after meals
p.m. afternoon; evening
p.o. by mouth
sup. or supp. suppository
susp suspension
syr. syrup
tab. tablet
t.a.t. take all total
tbsp tablespoon
t.i.d. 3 times per day
t.i.w. 3 times per week
top. topically
TPN Total Parenteral Nurition (IV)
tsp teaspoon
U or u unit
u.d. or ut. dict as direted
ung. ointment
URI Upper Respiratory Infection
USP US Pharmacopeia
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
vol volume
w.a. while awake
wk. week
L (number) 50
C (number) 100
D (number) 500
M (number) 1000
i (with a line over it) 1
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