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Rx Abbreviations

aa. of each
ad up to; to make
disp. dispense
div. divide
d.t.d. give of such dose
ft make
M. mix
No. number
non rep. or NR do not repeat
q.s. a sufficient quantity
q.s. ad a sufficient quantity to make
Sig. write
BSA body surface area
cm^3 cubic centimeter or mL
f or fl fluid
fl3 or f3 fluid dram (~5mL)
fl3ss or f3ss hafl-fluidounce (~15mL)
g gram
gal gallon
gtt drop
olb pound
kg kilogram
L liter
m^2 or M^2 square meter
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mg/kg milligram (of drug) per kilogram (of body weight)
mg/m^2 milligrams (or drug) per square meter (of body surface area)
mL milliliter
mL/h milliliter (of drug administered) per hour (IV admin)
mOsm or mOsmol milliosmoles
oz. ounce
pt. pint
qt. quart
ss one-half
tbsp. tablespoonful
tsp. teaspoonful
a.c. before meals
ad lib. at pleasure, freely
admin administer
A.M. morning
aq. water
ATC around the clock
b.i.d. twice a day
c with
d day
dil. dilute
et and
h. or hr. hour
h.s. at bedtime
i.c. between meals
min. minute
m&n morning and night
N&V nausea and vomiting
noct. night
NPO nothing by mouth
p.c. after meals
P.M. afternoon; evening
p.o. by mouth
p.r.n. as needed
q every
qAM every monring
qn every night
q4h, q8h, etc every __ hours
q.i.d. four times a day
rep. repeat
s without
s.i.d. once a day
s.o.s. if there is nee; as needed
stat. immediately
t.i.d. three times a day
ut dict. as directed
wk week
APAP acetaminophen
ASA aspirin
AZT zidovudine
EES erythromycin ethylsuccinate
HC hidrocortisone
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
MTX methotrexate
NTG nitroglycerin
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BS blood sugar
CHD coronary heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
GERD gastrointestinal reflux disease
GI gastrointestinal
GFR glomerular filtration rate
GU genitourinary
HA headache
HBP high blood pressure
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HT or HTN hypertension
IOP intraocular pressure
MI myocardial infarction
OA osteoarthritis
Pt patient
SOB shortness of breath
TPN total parenteral nutrition
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
amp. ampule
cap. capsule
D5LR dextrose 5% in lactated Ringer's
D5N5 dextrose 5% in normal saline
D5W dextrose 5% in water
D10W dextrose 10% in water
elix. elixir
inj. injection
NS normal saline
1/2NS half-strength normal saline
oint. or ungt. ointment
pulv. powder
RL, R/L or LR Ringer's Lactate or Lactated Ringer's
sol. solution
supp. suppository
susp. suspension
syr. syringe
tab. tablet
CIVI continuous (24 hr) intraveneous infusion
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
IT intrathecal
IV intravenous
IVB intravenous bolus
IV Drip intravenous infusion
IVP intravenous push
IVPB intravenous piggyback
NGT nasogastric tube
rect. rectal or rectum
SL sublingual
SubQ subcutaneously
Top. topically
V or PV vaginally
Created by: tlaugherty