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Pharmacy Tech Abbreviations for Sigs

STUDY
PLAY
aa
affected area
āā
of each
ac
before meals
ad
right ear
ad
up to
ad lib
as often as needed, freely
aff
affected
AM
morning
ANX
for Anxiety
app
apply
aq
water
as
left ear
ASAP
As Soon As Possible
au
both or each ear
BC
Birth Control
bid
twice a day
BP
Blood Pressure
c
with
cap
capsule
cc
cubic centimeter
cpd
compound
cr
cream
d
day or daily
DAW
Dispense As Written
disp
dispense
DTD
give as such doses
EC
Enteric Coated
el or elix
elixir
expect
expectorant
fl
fluid
fl oz
fluid ounce
g or gm
gram
gr
grain
gtt(s)
drop(s)
h, hr, or °
hour or hourly
HA
Headache
HBP
High Blood Pressure
hs
at bedtime, every night at bedtime
IM
Intramuscular
IV
Intravenous
kg
kilogram
L
Liter
LA
Long Acting
loc
locally, apply locally to affected area
lot
lotion
mcg
microgram
mEq
Milliequivalent
mg
milligram
mL
milliliter
NKA
No Known Allergy
noc
night
NR
No Refills
od
right eye
oj
orange juice
ophth
ophthalmic, for the eyes
os
left eye
otic
for the ear
ou
both or each eye
oz
ounce
p
after
pc
after meals
pc & hs
After meals and at bedtime
ped
pediatric strength
PM
in the afternoon or evening
po
by mouth
NPO
Nothing By Mouth
pr
per rectum, rectally
pulv
powder
q
every or each
qd
every day
qh
every hour
q4h
every four hours
qhs
at every bedtime
qid
four times a day
qod
every other day
Rx
Prescription
s or š
without
SA
Sustained Action
SC, subQ, or SQ
Subcutaneous, below the skin
sig
you write
SL
Sublingual
SOB
Shortness of Breath
sol
solution
SR
Sustained Release
ss
one-half
stat
at once or immediately
supp
suppository
syr
syrup
T or tbsp
Tablespoon
t or tsp
teaspoon
tab
tablet
tid
three times a day
tinc
tincture
TR
Time Release
UD or ut dict
as directed
ung or oint
ointment
vag or pv
vaginal or vaginally
w or wk
week or weekly
ien
in each nostril
IVPB
Intravenous piggy back
IVP
Intravenous push
atc
around the clock
liq
liquid
IU
International Unit
sx
symptoms
WA
while awake
i
one
ii
two
iii
three
iv
four
v
five
x
ten; times or for
L
fifty
C
one hundred
M
one thousand
qs
quantity sufficient
qs ad
add enough to make quantity sufficient
amp
ampule
DS
Double Strength
ES
Extra Strength
aq ad
add water up to
dil
dilute
NMT
No More Than
NTE
Not To Exceed
N&V
Nausea and Vomiting
per
by or through
Dx
Diagnosis
BSA
Body Surface Area
SOS
if necessary
ID
Intradermal
MDI
Metered Dose Inhaler
ex
externally
MR
May Repeat
d/c or dc
discontinue or discharge
aq dist
distilled water
NKDA
No Known Drug Allergy
NSAID
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
PPI
Proton Pump Inhibitor
qty
quantity
spr
spray
SSRI
Serotonin-Selective Reuptake Inhibitor
pa
pain
per neb
per nebulizer
AAA
Apply to Affected Area
conc
concentration
AWP
Average Wholesale Price
ADR
Adverse Drug Reaction
div
divide
TPN
Total Parenteral Nutrition
ASA
Aspirin
APAP
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
EPI
Epinephrine
Fe
Iron
FeSO₄
ferrous sulfate
HCTZ
Hydrochlorothiazide or Hydrocortisone
IBU
Ibuprofen
K
potassium
KCL
potassium chloride
LR
Lactated Ringer's solution
MSO₄
Morphine Sulfate
MgSO₄
Magnesium Sulfate
MOM
Milk of Magnesia
Na
sodium
NS
Normal Saline
NTG
Nitroglycerin
PEN or PCN
Penicillin
PB
Phenobarbital
Tylenol #3
Tylenol with Codeine 30mg
APAP #3
Acetaminophen 325mg with Codeine 30mg
TCN
Tetracycline
Ca
Calcium
FA
Folic Acid
F
Fluoride
SMZ/TMP
Sulfamethoxole with Trimethoprim
AMP
Ampicillin
D5W
Dextrose 5% in water
MD
physicians
DDS or DMD
dentists
DO
Dr of Osteopaths
DVM
Dr of Veterinarians
DPM
Dr of Podiatrists
OD
optometrists
PA
physician assistants
NP
nurse practitioners
DEA
Drug Enforcement Administration
DUR
Drug Utilization Reviews
NDC
National Drug Code (11 Digits)
FDA
Food and Drug Administration
OTC
Over The Counter
HIPAA
Health Insurance Portablility & Accountability Act
XL or XR
Extended Release
CR
Controlled Release
cmpd
compound