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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
  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone
  • Atrioventricular
  • Complete blood count
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Central nervous system
  • Cyclo-oxygenase
  • 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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