Medication Abbreviations

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Medication Abbreviations
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Commonly used Medication Abbreviations
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  1. _
    a
    before
  2. __
    aa, aa
    of each
  3. a.c.
    before meals
  4. ad lib
    as desired
  5. a.m
    morning
  6. amp
    ampule
  7. aq
    aqueous, water
  8. b.i.d. bid
    twice a day
  9. b.i.w
    twice a week
  10. _
    c
    with
  11. c
    cup
  12. cap
    capsule
  13. CD
    controlled dose
  14. CR
    controlled relese
  15. dil.
    dilute
  16. DS
    double strength
  17. EC
    enteric coated
  18. elix.
    elixir
  19. f, fld
    fluid
  20. gt, GT
    gastrostomy tube
  21. gtt
    drop
  22. h, hr
    hour
  23. ID
    intradermal
  24. IM
    intramuscular
  25. IV
    intravenous
  26. IVPB
    intravenous piggyback
  27. IVSS
    intravenous soluset
  28. KVO
    keep vein open
  29. LA
    long-acting
  30. LOS
    length of stay
  31. min
    minute
  32. mix
    mixture
  33. NGT, ng
    nasogastric tube
  34. noc, noct
    at night
  35. NPO
    nothing by mouth
  36. NS, N/S
    normal saline
  37. o.n.
    every night
  38. os
    mouth
  39. _
    p
    after
  40. p.c.
    after meals
  41. per
    through or by
  42. p.m
    evening or before midnight
  43. p.r
    by rectum
  44. p.r.n.
    as needed
  45. q.
    each, every
  46. q a.m.
    every morning
  47. q.h., gh
    every hour
  48. q2h, q4h, q6h, q8h, q12h
    every 2,4,6,8,12 hours
  49. ghs
    every night at bedtime
  50. q.i.d. qid
    four times a day
  51. q.s.
    as much as needed
  52. rect
    rectum
  53. _
    s
    without
  54. subcut, subQ
    subcutaneous
  55. sl,SL
    sublingual
  56. sol, soln
    solution
  57. s.o.s.
    once if necessary
  58. SR
    sustained relaease
  59. S&S
    swish and swallow
  60. stat, STAT
    immediatley
  61. supp
    suppository
  62. syp, syr
    syrup
  63. tab
    tablet
  64. t.i.d tid
    three times a day
  65. tr., tinct
    tincture
  66. ung., oint
    ointment
  67. vag, v
    vaginally
  68. x
    times
  69. XL
    long acting
  70. XR
    extended release

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