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Pharmacy Abbreviations


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

Pharmacy abbreviations beginning with ...

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A

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

Abbreviation Meaning
b. twice
b.d. twice daily
b.i.d. twice daily

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C

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

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D

Abbreviation Meaning
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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E

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

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F

Abbreviation Meaning
fort. strong

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G

Abbreviation Meaning
garg. gargle
gtt. or guttae drops

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H

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

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I

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

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M

Abbreviation Meaning
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

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

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O

Abbreviation Meaning
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

Abbreviation Meaning
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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Q

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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R

Abbreviation Meaning
Rx take

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S

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

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T

Abbreviation Meaning
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

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

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W

Abbreviation Meaning
WSP white soft paraffin

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Y

Abbreviation Meaning
YSP yellow soft paraffin

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