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Common Pharmacy Abbreviations and Acronyms

cc cubic centimeter (mL) - (DISCOURAGED)
cap capsule
g gram
gr grain - (DISCOURAGED)
gtt drop
mg miligram
mL milliliter (cc)
p.s. a sufficient quantity
tbsp tablespoonful
tsp teaspoonful
MDI metered-dose inhaler
sol solution
supp suppository
susp suspension
tab tablet
ung ointment
# number of, quantity
a.c. before meals
AM or a.m. morning, before noon
b.i.d. twice a day
hr hour
h.s. at bedtime - (DISCOURAGED)
p.c. after meals
PM or p.m. evening, after noon
p.r.n. as needed
q6h every 6 hours - (DISCOURAGED)
q.i.d. four times a day - (DISCOURAGED)
stat immediately
t.i.d. three times a day
t.i.w. three times a week
AD or ad right ear - (DISCOURAGED)
AS or as left ear - (DISCOURAGED)
AU or au each ear - (DISCOURAGED)
NPO or npo nothing by mouth
OD or od right eye - (DISCOURAGED)
OS or os left eye - (DISCOURAGED)
OU or ou each eye - (DISCOURAGED)
PO or po oral, by mouth
PR, pr, R per rectum
SL or sl sublingual (under the tongue)
TOP or top topical (skin)
VAG or vag vaginally
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