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Pharmacy shorthand

Pharmacy abbreviations

QuestionAnswer
aa of each
ad up to
a.c. before meals
a.d. right ear
ad lib use as much as one desires; freely
admov apply
agit stir/shake
alt. h. every other hour
a.m.m. at doctors hand
a.. morning, before noon
amp ampule
amt amount
aq water
a.l. left ear
a.s. left ear
A.T.C. around the clock
a.u. both ears
bis twice
b.d. twice daily
b.i.d. twice daily
B.M. bowel movement
BNF British National Formulary
bol. as a large single dose (intravenous usually)
B.S. Blood Sugar
B.S.A body surface areas
b.t. bedtime
BUCC insid cheek
cap, caps capsule
c with
cib food
cc with food
cf with food
comp compound
cr cream crm
cream CST continue same treatment
D5W dextrose 5% solution
D.A.W. dispense as written (no generic subs)
D5NS dextrose 5% in normal saline
dc discontinue or discharge
D/C, disc discontinue/discharge
dieb. alt every other day
dil dilute
disp dispersible or dispense
d.t.d. give of such doses
D.W. distilled water
elix elixir
e.m.p as directed
emuls emulsion
et and
eod every other day
ex aq in water
ft make; let it be made
gr grain
gtt(s) drops
H hypodermic
h.s. half strength, hour sleep, at bedtime
ID intradermal
IJ, inj injection
IM Intramuscular
IN intranasal
IP intraperitoneal
IU international unit
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
IVPB intravenous piggyback
L.A.S. label as such
LCD coal tar solution
lin liniment
liq solution
mane in the morning
lot lotion
M. mix
m.min a minimum
mcg microgram
m.d.u. to be used as directed
mEq miliequivalent
mg miligram
mgSO4 magnesium sulfate
mist mix
mitte send
mL mililitre
MS morphine sulfate or mag sulfate
nebul a spray
N.M.T. not more than
noct at night
non rep. no repeats
NS normal saline
1/2NS half normal saline
N.T.E. not to exceed
o_2 both eyes, sometimes written as o2
od every day/once daily
od right eye
om every morning
on every night
o.p.d. once per day
o.s. left eye
o.u. both eyes
oz ounce
per by or through
p.c. after meals
pig/pigm. paint
p.m. evening or afternoon
p.o. by mouth or orally
p.r. by rectum
PRN, pm as needed
pulv powder
PV via the vagina
q every
q.a.d. every other day
q.a.m. everyday before noon
q.d.s. four times a day
q.p.m. every day after noon
q.h. every hour
q.h.s. every night at bedtime
q. 1h every hour
q.d. /q1d every day
q.i.d. four times a day
q4PM at 4 pm
q.o.d every other day
qqh every four hours
q.s. a sufficient quantitiy
QWK every week
R rectal
rep, rept. repeat
RL, R/L Ringer's Lactate
s without
s.a. use your judgement
SC, subc, subcut, subq, SQ subcutaneous
sig write on label
SL sublingually, under the tongue
sol soution
s.o.s. si op. sit if there is a need
ss one half or sliding scale
SSI sliding scale insulin
stat immeditely
supp suppository
tal. t such
troche lozenge
t.b.s. 3 times a day
t.i.d. three times a day
t.i.w. three times a week
top topiacl
T.P.N total parental nutrition
tr, tinc, tinct tincture
U unit
u.d.. ut. dict as directed
ung ointment
U.S.P. United States Pharmacopoeia
vag vaginaly
w with
wf with food
X time
Y.O. years old
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