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Pharmacology Abbreviations

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a
before
ac
before meals
ad lib
as desired
AM, am
morning
amp
ampule
bid
twice a day
c with line above it
with
cap
capsule
Cl
chloride
cm
centimeter
DC
discontinue
DS
double strength
DW
distilled water
D5W
dextrose, 5% in water
EC
enteric coated
elix
elixir
ER
extended release
Fe
iron
fl
fluid
gr
grain
Gm, g
gram
gtt
drop
h, hr
hour
IM
intramuscular
IV
intravenous
IVPB
intravenous piggyback
K
potassium
KCL
potassium chloride
kg, Kilo
kilogram
KVO
keep vein open
L
liter
LA
long acting
lb
pound
mEq
milliequivalent
mcg
microgram
mg
milligram
ml, mL
milliliter (equivalent to cc)
mm
millimeter
Na
sodium
NaCl
sodium chloride
NEB
nebulizer
NG
nasogastric
noc
night
NPO, npo
nothing by mouth
NS, N/S
normal saline (sodium chloride, 0.9%)
0
none
OTC
over the counter
oz
ounce
p
after
pc
after meals
PCA
patient controlled analgesia
PM, pm
afternoon
po, PO
by mouth, orally
PRN, prn
whenever necessary
pt
pint, patient
qh
every hour
q2h
every 2 hours
q3h
every 3 hours
q4h
every 4 hours
QNS
quantity not sufficient
qs
quantity sufficient
qt
quart
R
rectal
RL, R/L
Ringer's lactate
s with line above it
without
SubQ, subq
subcutaneous
SL
sublingual
sol
solution
SR
sustained release
stat
immediately and once only
supp
suppository
tab
tablet
tbsp, T, tbs
tablespoon
tid
three times a day
TO
telephone order
tsp, t
teaspoon
vag
vaginal
Vit
vitamin
VO
verbal order