Common Pharmacy Abbreviations

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ad

right ear

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as

left ear

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au

both ears

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AAA

apply to affected area

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APP

apply

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IM

intramuscular

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IV

intravenous

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IVP

intravenous push

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inj

injection

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IVPB

intravenous piggyback

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od

right eye

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os

left eye

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ou

both eyes

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po

by mouth

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pr

rectally

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pv

vaginally

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per neb

per nebulizer

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SL

sublingual

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SC

subcutaneously

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top

topically

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aq

water

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caps

capsules

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cr

cream

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DAW

dispense as written

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DW

distilled water

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elix

elixir

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liq

liquid

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NPO

nothing by mouth

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SA

sustained action

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XR

extended release

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supp

suppository

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susp

suspension

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syr

syrup

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tab

tablet

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tinc

tincture

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ER

extended release

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utd

use as directed

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ung

ointment

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ac

before meals

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am

morning

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bid

twice a day

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dtd

give as such doses

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h

hour

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hs

at bedtime

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pc

after meals

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pm

evening

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prn

as needed

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q

each, every

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qd

every day

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qid

four times a day

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qh

every hour

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qod

every other day

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stat

immediately

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tid

three times a day

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wk

week

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WA

while awake

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aa

of each

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ad

to, up to

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aq ad

add water up to

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dil

dilute

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div

divide

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fl

fluid

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fl oz

fluid ounce

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gm

gram

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gtt

drop

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ī

one

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L

liter

68

mcg

microgram

69

mEq

milliequivalent

70

mg

milligram

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mL

milliliter

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qs

quantity sufficient

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qsad

add sufficient quantity to make

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ss

one half

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tbsp

tablespoon

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tsp

teaspoon

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ANX

for anxiety

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c

with

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disp

dispense

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ha

headache

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NR

no refill

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p

pain

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a

without

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sig

write on label

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SOB

shortness of breath

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sx

symptoms

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TPN

total parenteral nutrition

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NS

normal saline

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pulv

powder

90

x

times

91

BSA

body surface area

92

cc

cubic centimeter

93

sos

if necessary


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