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Common Pharmaceutical Abbreviations

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"A" PHARMACEUTICAL ABBREVIATIONS
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A or aBefore
a.c.Before meals
adRight ear
as Left ear
ad lib As Desired
alt. hAlternate Hours
am In the morning, before noon
APAPAcetaminophen
aq.Water
aq. distDistilled water
ASAAspirin
auBoth Ears
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"B"
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bidTwice a day
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"C"
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cWith
cap., caps.Capsule
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Section 4

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dil.Dilute
D5WDextrose 5% in water
D5W1/4NSDextrose 5% in 1/4 normal saline
D5W1/2NSDextrose 5% in 1/2 normal saline
DAWDispense as written
DispDispense
DSDouble Strength
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Section 5

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ECEnteric Coated
ERExtended Release
elixElixir
extExternal, Extract
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Section 6

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fl, fldFluid
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Section 7

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gGram
grGrain
gttDrop
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Section 8

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HCHydrocortisone
HCTZHydrochlorothiazide
h, hrHour
hs Hour of Sleep
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Section 9

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IMIntramuscular
injInjection
IVIntravenous
IVPIV push
IVPBIV piggyback
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Section 10

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KCIPotassium Chloride
kgKilogram
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Section 11

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LLiter
lbPound
liqLiquid
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Section 12

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mcgMicrogram
MDIMetered Dose Inhaler
mEqMilliequivalent
mgMilligram
mLMilliliter
MOMMilk of Magnesia
MSMorphine Sulfate
MVIMultivitamin Injection
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Section 13

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noctNight
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Section 14

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omOn Morning
onOn Night
o.d.Right eye
o.s.Left eye
ouBoth eyes
ozOunce
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Section 15

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p or p.After, per
p.c.After meals
PCAPatient-controlled analgesia
POBy Mouth
PMAfternoon, evening
PrnAs needed, according to necessity
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Section 16

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qEach, every
qAMEvery Morning
qdOnce Daily
qhEvery hour
qHSEvery bedtime
qidFour times a day
q1hEvery one hour
q2hEvery two hours
q3hEvery three hours
q4hEvery four hours
q6hEvery six hours
q8hEvery eight hours
q12hEvery 12 hours
qPMEvery evening
qodEvery other day
qsAs much as needed, quantity, sufficient
qtQuart
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Section 17

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R. PRRectally, Per Rectum
RxTake, Prescription
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Section 18

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SLSublingual
SRSustained release
S, SigGive the following directions
ssOne half
sWithout
sol., soln.Solution
SQ, SCSubcutaneous
SWSterile Water
SWFISterile Water for Injection
stat.Immediately, at once
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Section 19

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TKO, TKVO, KVOTo Keep Vein Open
tab.Tablet
tbsp, TbspTablespoon
tidThree times a day
t.i.w.Three times weekly
tinct., trTincture
tspTeaspoon
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Section 20

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ung.Ointment
ut. dict., UDAs Directed
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Section 21

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VOVerbal Order
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