Common Pharmacy Abbreviations

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right ear

as

left ear

au

both ears

AAA

apply to affected area

IM

intramuscular

IV

intravenous

IVP

intravenous push

inj

injection

IVPB

intravenous piggyback

od

right eye

os

left eye

ou

both eyes

po

by mouth

pr

rectally

pv

vaginally

per neb

per nebulizer

SL

sublingual

SC

subcutaneously

top

topically

caps

capsules

DAW

dispense as written

DW

distilled water

elix

elixir

liq

liquid

NPO

nothing by mouth

SA

sustained action

XR

extended release

supp

suppository

susp

suspension

tab

tablet

tinc

tincture

ER

extended release

utd

use as directed

ung

ointment

ac

before meals

am

morning

bid

twice a day

dtd

give as such doses

hs

at bedtime

pc

after meals

pm

evening

prn

as needed

q

each, every

qd

every day

qid

four times a day

qh

every hour

qod

every other day

stat

immediately

tid

three times a day

WA

while awake

aa

of each

ad

to, up to

aq ad

add water up to

dil

dilute

div

divide

fl oz

fluid ounce

mcg

microgram

mEq

milliequivalent

mg

milligram

mL

milliliter

qs

quantity sufficient

qsad

add sufficient quantity to make

ss

one half

tbsp

tablespoon

tsp

teaspoon

ANX

for anxiety

disp

dispense

ha

headache

NR

no refill

sig

write on label

SOB

shortness of breath

sx

symptoms

TPN

total parenteral nutrition

NS

normal saline

pulv

powder

BSA

body surface area

cc

cubic centimeter

sos

if necessary

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