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Pharmacy Abbreviations

The following table lists some abbreviations used in prescription writing. These abbreviations are listed with their intended meaning.

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Abbreviation Meaning
a.c. before food
a.m. before noon
aa. of each
ad lib. as much as desired
alt. alternate
alt. die. alternate days
amp ampoule
ante before
applic. apply
aq. or aqua water
aur. ear
aurist. ear drops

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b. twice
b.d. twice daily
b.i.d. twice daily

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c. with
calid. warm
cap. capsule
cib. food
co. compound
collut. mouthwash
collyr. eye lotion
conc. concentrated
crem. cream

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d. a day
dest. distilled
dil. diluted
div. divide
dol.urg when the pain is severe
dolent.part. to the afflicted part
dos. dose

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ex aq. in water
ext. extract
extemp. extemporaneously dispensed

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fort. strong

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garg. gargle
gtt. or guttae drops

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h. at the hour of
h.s. at bedtime

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i.c. between meals
IM intramuscular
inf infusion
inj injection
IV intravenous

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m. or mane in the morning
m.d. as directed
m.d.u. to be used as directed
MDI metered dose inhaler
mist. mixture
mitt. or mitte send

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n. or nocte at night m. night and morning
narist. nasal drops
NP or n.p. proper name

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o.alt.hor. every other hour
o.d. every day
o.m. every morning
o.n. every night
oculent. eye ointment

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p.a. to the affected part
p.aeq. equal parts
p.c. after food
p.m. afternoon
p.r.n. when required
part. dolent. to the painful part
past. paste
PR per rectum
pulv. powder
PV per vagina

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Abbreviation Meaning
q.d. four times daily
q.d.s. to be taken four times daily
q.i.d. four times daily
q.q.h. every fourth hour
q.s. sufficient
q12h every 12 hours
q4h every 4 hours
q6h every 6 hours
qq. every

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Rx take

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s.o.s. if necessary
SC subcutaneous
SL sublingual
ss. half
stat. immediately

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t.d.d. three times daily
t.d.s. to be taken three times daily
t.i.d. three times daily
tinct. tincture
trit. or triturate serial dilution or mixing ingredients

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u.a. as before
ung. or unguentum ointment
ut. direct or ut. dict. as directed

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WSP white soft paraffin

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Abbreviation Meaning
YSP yellow soft paraffin

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