Latin Short Forms

Latin short forms are abbreviations used by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals in prescription medication. Physician writes a prescription starting with drug name, dosage, and number of times to be taken. Number of times taken can be once a day, twice a day, three times a day, at bedtime, before meals, etc. These "times to be taken" is written in short form and it is a Latin short form; for example, q.d. means once a day or daily, p.r.n. means as needed, q.h.s. means at bedtime, etc.



You are in the "Most Common" section of this website which deals with the most common occurrences of sentences and normal values in medical report. Read below to know more about the most common Latin Short Forms.

q.
every
q.d.
daily or every day
b.i.d
two times a day or twice a day
t.i.d.
three times a day
q.i.d.
four times a day
q.o.d.
every other day
q.h.s.
at bedtime or every hour of sleep
q.h.
every hour
a.c.
before meals
q.p./q.l.
as much as desired
p.r.n.
as needed
q.o.h.
every other hour
q.o.n.
every other night
q.a.m.
every morning
q.p.m.
every evening
q.q.h.
every four hours
q.s.
sufficient quantity
q.2h.
every two hours
q.6h.
every six hours
q.4h.
every four hours
p.o./o.s.
by mouth
p.p.a.
shake well
ad lib
as desired
AD
right ear
AS
left ear
AU
both ears
OD
right eye
OS
left eye
OU
both eyes
b.i.n.
twice a night

Prescription example below:

Medications:
1.  Aricept 10 mg q.d.
2.  Effexor 75 mg q.d.
3.  Keppra 50 mg b.i.d.
4.  Lisinopril 40 mg q.d.
5.  Metformin 500 mg b.i.d.
6.  Zantac 150 mg b.i.d.
7.  Hydralazine 50 mg q.i.d.
8.  Amlodipine 10 mg q.d.
9.  Labetalol 200 mg q.d.
10.  Insulin sliding scale q.d. p.r.n.

Disclaimer:  The medications and their dosages mentioned above is for informational purpose only and it should not be in anyway considered as an actual prescription written by the physician. This information should not be considered complete, nor should it be relied on in diagnosing or treating a medical condition. Content on this website does not contain information related to diseases, ailments, physical conditions or their treatment.

It is best to seek advice and attention from your physician or qualified healthcare professional. Always consult your physician before beginning a new treatment, diet or fitness program.
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