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Abbreviations

common abbreviations for Medicine Orders

abbreviationmeaning
a before
ac before meals
AD right ear
AM, am morning
AS left ear
AU both ears
bid twice a day
cap Capsule
cm centimeter
c` with
D/C, dc discontinue
D5W dextrose 5% in water
DS double strength
EC enteric coated
ER extended release
g gram
gr grains
gtt drop
h, hr hour
Hs bedtime
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
IVPB intravenous piggy back
kg, Kilo kilogram
KVO keep vein open
LA long acting
L liter
LR Lactated Ringer's
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
ml, mL milliliter (equv. to cc)
mm milimeter
NEB nebulizer
NG nasogastric
NPO, npo nothing by mouth
NS, N/S, NSS normal saline (sodium chloride 0.9%)
OD right eye
ODT orally disintegrating tablet
OS left eye
OU both eyes
oz ounce
p after
pc after meals
PM, pm afternoon
po, PO by mouth
PRN, prn whenever necessary, as needed
q2h every 2 hours
qh every hour
qid four times a day
qs quality sufficient
R, pr rectum
RL, R/L Ringer's lactate
s` without
sc, subcu subcutaneous
SL sublingual
SR sustained release
stat immediately and once only
supp suppository
tab tablet
tbsp, T, tbs tablespoon
tid three times daily
TO telephone order
tsp, t teaspoon
Vag/PV vaginal
VO verbal order
Created by: brunnel