Pharmacy Abbreviations

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aa of each beginning of the words ac before p a.d. ad lib AM, am amp app a.s. asap aqua au b.i.d. BM BP Ca cap CBC Cl comp before meals right ear as needed or desired morning ampule apply left ear as soon as possible liquid, water both ears twice a day bowel movement blood pressure calcium capsule complete blood count chlorine compound

as are vowels; so are the

piece of cake after meals; but a comes right ear is a dumb ear; a for auditory ad lib song common use 1st 3 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same left ear is a smart ear; a for auditory common use aqua all understood with both ears; aures utrae bi- two a day common use initials are same 1st2 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same 1st 2 letters are same 1st 4 letters are same Discharge is a bigger thing than Discontinuing is smaller thing than a 1st 4 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same

D/C discharge discontinuing a drug Dc, disc, d/c discharge disp dos discontinue

dispense dose

DR, MD Dr, 3 DX ECG, EKG EENT elix emul et Etoh Exp Fe FDA Fl, fld g have gr gtt H2O h.s. Hx IEN IM muscle! inj IT IU IV dram

doctor

common use A lot of dramas are played on Ch.3 common use common use Initials are same as words 1st 3 letters are same 1st 4 letters are same French word for and sounds the same 1st 3 letters are same for everything iron out problems Initials are same as words

diagnosis electrocardiogram ear eye nose throat elixir emulsion and alcohol expired iron

Food and Drug Administration fluid gram grain drop water hour of sleep/bedtime history Into each nostrils Intramuscular injection intrathecal International Unit intravenous

1st 2 letters are same common use; gee gram, what small eyes you 1st 2 letters are same; grain makes you gr… leaky gutters make rain drops common use hour of sleep ex boy/girlfriend is history Initials are same as words I’m in pain from Twinix shots in 1st 3 letters are same It – into the cal Initials are same as words common use

K L Lb, # liq lot mcg mEq Mg mg letter Mitte mm Na NaCl neb. NKA NKDA NR NS NPO

potassium liter pound liquid lotion microgram milliequivalent magnesium milligram send of such millimeter sodium sodium chloride nebules no known allergies no known drug allergies no repeat normal saline nothing by mouth

Special K cereal has some potassium in it common use common use 1st 3 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same microwave cool goodies you’re on your own here Mag means big, use big letter for magnesium milligram is a little measurement; use small need a mitten to make and send a snowball common use Do you want salt? Nah Nah to salt and chloride too 1st 3 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same 1st 4 letters are same No Repeat In NS, we have normal salt water No popping Oreos into your mouth No steroids to aid with

NSAID inflammations od OD dumb O/L daily

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

doing it daily no big thing; small letters big letters for big round eyes, O; right eye is over load on liquid, use big letters big letters for big round eyes, O; left

right eye oral liquid

OS left eye eye is smart

OTC OU
everything

over the counter each eye ounce after after meals

obvious common use
big letters for big round eyes, O see everything, understand

oz p pc

common use post, after piece of cake after meal 1st 3 letters, initials are same; please run now; whenever necessary

per rect., pr rectally PR is crap, from rectum prn prn pain whenever necessary whenever necessary , for pain

prn itching whenever necessary , for itch prn tuss q q2h q4h q.a.m. qh qod q.p.m. qs qt qty R/O whenever necessary , for cough every every 2 hours every 4 hours every morning every hour every other day every evening sufficient quantity quart quantity rule out common use common use common use major stuff, big letters rule out A room for rest and relaxation to exercise reps, repeating action common use common use common use common use common use common use common use common use

RR Recovery Room recover from stress rep Rx repeat prescription, recipe

Sig the label

label, let it be printed sublingual

doc’s signature, note tells us to read same sound When you sob, you usually can’t breathe 1st 3 letters are same

Sl, S/L, subling SOB properly sol SQ, SC my skin ss spar stat supp SWI syr tab/s tbsp temp tid tr, tinc trit tsp tuss

shortness of breath solution

subcutaneous; under skin Sea Quest; Sea creatures gets under one- half sparingly immediately suppository semis = half 1st 4 letters are same common use in hospitals 1st 4 letters are same

sterile water for injection 1st 3 letters are same, swish with water syrup tablets tablespoonful temperature three times a day tincture triturate teaspoon cough 1st 3 letters are same 1st 3 letters are same common use 1st 4 letters are same tri- or three in a day 1st 4 letters are same 1st 4 letters are same common use Tussin is a cough medicine understand dude? Use as directed common use I’ll be needing that ointment for that fungus initials, not a cutie thing here pretty obvious here

u.d, u, dict as directed UF ung UTI V, Vag until finished ointment urinary tract infection vaginal

VO vol

verbal order volume

voice over phone, verbal order 1st 3 letters are same

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