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.

daily or every day
two times a day or twice a day
three times a day
four times a day
every other day
at bedtime or every hour of sleep
every hour
before meals
as much as desired
as needed
every other hour
every other night
every morning
every evening
every four hours
sufficient quantity
every two hours
every six hours
every four hours
by mouth
shake well
ad lib
as desired
right ear
left ear
both ears
right eye
left eye
both eyes
twice a night

Prescription example below:

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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