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Common Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Medication-Mrs. M

aa (with a line over it!) of each
ac before meals
AD right ear
ad lib as desired
aq water
admin administer, administration
AM or a.m. morning
APAP acetominophen
AS left ear
ASA aspirin
AU in each ear
bid twice a day
c (with a line over it) with
cap(s) capsule(s)
cc cubic centimeter
DAW dispense as written
dil dilute
dr dram
elix elixer
g gram
gr grain
gtt(s) drop(s)
h or hr hour
hs at bedtime
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
INH inhalation
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
liq liquid
m (looks like!) minim
med(s) medication(s)
mg milligram
min minute
ml milliliter
NPO nothing by mouth
OD right eye
OS left eye
OTC over the counter
OU in each eye
oz ounce
p (with a line over it) after
pc after meals
Pt or pt patient
per by
PM or p.m. evening
po or PO by mouth
prn as needed
qAM every morning
qd every day
qh every hour
q (2,3,4,) h every (2,3,4) hours
qid four times a day
qod every other day
qs of sufficient quantity
Rx take
s (with a line over it) without
SC or SQ subcutaneous
SL sublingual
sol solution
ss one half
STAT immediately
T tablespoon
tab(s) tablet(s)
tid three times a day
tsp teaspoon
Created by: Mrs.Marshall