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Abbreviations

In general, abbreviations should not be used in prescription writing; however, it is recognized that at present some Latin abbreviations are used when prescribing. These should be limited to those listed here.

  •   Before meals  
  •   At pleasure  
  •   Ampoule  
  •   Twice a day  
  •   Capsule  
  •   Gram  
  •   Hour  
  •   Intramuscular  
  •   Intraperitoneal  
  •   Intravenous  
  •   Square metre  
  •   Milligram  
  •   Millilitre  
  •   In the morning  
  •   At night  
  •   After meals  
  •   As required  
  •   Every, e.g. q8h = every 8 hours  
  •   Four times a day  
  •   A sufficient quantity  
  •   Subcutaneous  
  •   Once a day  
  •   Directions/label  
  •   Immediately  
  •   Suspension  
  •   Tablet  
  •   Three times a day  

  •   Angiotensin converting enzyme  
  •   Adrenocorticotrophic hormone  
  •   Atrioventricular  
  •   Complete blood count  
  •   Congestive heart failure  
  •   Central nervous system  
  •   Cyclo-oxygenase  
  •   Chronic renal failure  
  •   Cerebrospinal fluid  
  •   Day(s)  
  •   Disseminated intravascular coagulation  
  •   Electrocardiogram  
  •   Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency  
  •   Gastrointestinal  
  •   Hour(s)  
  •   Haemoglobin  
  •   Minute  
  •   By mouth, orally  
  •   Polyuria/polydipsia  
  •   Red blood cell  
  •   Systemic lupus erythematosus  
  •   Special Treatment Certificate  
  •   Ventricular premature contraction  
  •   White blood cell  
  •   Week(s)  
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