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Rx Abbreviation

Medical Prescription Abbreviation

QuestionAnswer
a before
a.c. before meal
a.m., am, AM before noon (morning)
b.i.d., bid twice a day
c with
d day
h hour
h.s., hs at bed time (hour of sleep)
noc night
p after
p.c. after meals
p.m. pm, PM after noon
po, p.o. PO by mouth
p.r.n. as needed
q every
qh, q.h. every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qid, q.i.d. 4 times daily
s without
stat. STAT immediately
tid, t.i.d. three times a day
wk week
yr year
I.M. intramuscular
Subcut Subcutaneous
I.V. intravenous
p.r. pr, PR rectally
q4h every 4 hours
q6h every 6 hours
ad. Lib as desired
aa equal parts of each
Cap capsule
dL deciliter
g gram(s)
gtt(s), GTT(S) drop(s)
ii two tablets
iii three tablets
n.p.o, npo, NPO nothing by mouth
p.r.n. prn, PRN as needed
q.a.m. qam, qAM every morning
mg milligram
mL milliliter
qs, q.s. quantity sufficient
SL sublingual
sol solution
tab tablet
w/o without
u.d., ud as directed
Rx prescription
q.p.m., qpm, QPM every afternoon or evening
q.h.s, qhs every night at bedtime
q.d.s, qds, QDS 4 times a day
t.d.s, tds, TDS 3 times a day
q.l.d., qld, every day
agit stir/shake
alt. h. every other hour
amt amount
aq water
bis twice
B.M. bowel movement
bol as a large single dose (usually intravenously)
B.S.A body surface areas
comp. compound
D.A.W dispense as written
dc, D/C, disc discontinue
dil. dilute
disp. dispense
div. divide
d.t.d give of such doses
D.W. distilled water
elix. elixir
e.m.p. as directed
H hypodermic
gr grain
ID intradermal
inj. injection
L.A.S. label as such
liq solution
lot. lotion
m, min a minimum
mcg microgram
mist. mix
nebul spray
N.M.T no more than
NS normal saline (0.9%)
1/2 NS half normal saline (0.45%)
N.T.E. not to exceed
per by or through
pulv powder
rep, rept. repeats
s (usually w bar on top of the s) without
supp suppository
syr syrup
tbsp tablespoon
tsp teaspoon
top. topical
T.P.N. total parenteral nutrition
u.d. as directed
ung ointment
U.S.P. United States Pharmacopoeia
vag vaginally
w/o without
w with
X times
y.o., y/o, Y.O. years old
AI anti-inflammatory
amp ampoule
ANTX antibiotic treatment
AFC anti-fungal cream
ATC around the clock
B before and after
BS blood sugar
CBR complete bed rest
cr, crm cream
CST continue same treatment
DNE do not exceed
EC emergency contraception
ECP emergency contraception pill
ERX electronic
HRM high risk medication
IBF Ibuprofen
M.D. Medical Doctor
LD low dose / lethal dose
MD medium dose/ moderate dose
ML medical Leave
MMRV measles, mumps, rubella & varicella
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NR not refillable
OTC over the counter
P.A. Pharmacy Assistant
pcv pneumococcal conjugate vaccines
Created by: Milene.Marques