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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
  • Intracoelomic
  • 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
  • Continuous rate infusion
  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Day(s)
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hour(s)
  • Haemoglobin
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitor
  • Minute
  • By mouth, orally
  • Polyuria/polydipsia
  • Red blood cell
  • Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor
  • Special Treatment Certificate
  • Ventricular premature contraction
  • White blood cell
  • Week(s)
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