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the meaning of abbreviations

Abbreviation Meaning
5-HT 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin)
abd or ABD abdomen
AC codeine (abbreviation used in drug names)
AC acetate (abbreviation used in drug names)
ACE angiotensin converting enzyme
ADD attention deficit disorder
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADME absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination
ADR adverse drug reaction
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
a.k.a. also known as
ANDA abbreviated new drug application
APAP acetaminophen
APN advanced practice nurse
ARB angiotensin receptor blocker
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
ATC around the clock
AWP average wholesale price
BAS bile acid sequestrant
BLPK blister pack
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BOT bottle
BP blood pressure
BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy
BPM beats per minute
BS blood sugar
BSA body surface area
BTC behind-the-counter
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
C&P count and pour
Ca Calcium
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calories
calc calcium
cap capsule
carb or carb. carbon or carbohydrate
CBC complete blood cell/count
CCB calcium channel blocker
CD chewable dispersible or curative dose
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CE continuing education
cf with food
CF cough formula or cold formula
CFU colony-forming unit (used in Probiotic supplements)
CHD coronary heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
chol cholesterol
Cl Chlorine or Chloride
cm centimeter
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNS central nervous system
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPhT certified pharmacy technician
CPM chlorpheniramine
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
cr cream
CR controlled release
CRC child resistant cap
cre cream
CSA Controlled Substances Act
CV cardiovascular
D decongestant (abbreviation used in drug names)
D5LR 5% dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution
D5NS 5% dextrose in normal saline solution
D5W 5% dextrose in water
DA delayed action
DAW dispense as written
dc or d/c discontinue
DC diagnosis code
DC doctor of chiropractic
DDS doctor of dental surgery
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DH hydrocodone (abbreviation used in drug names)
di or DI diabetes insipidus
dil dilute, dissolve
disp dispense
dL deciliter
DM dextromethorphan
DM diabetes mellitus
DMARD disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DO doctor of osteopathy
DOC drug of choice
DPM doctor of podiatric medicine (Podiatrist)
DPS Department of Public Safety
DR delayed release
DS double strength
DSPK dose pack
DUR drug use review or drug utilization review
DV daily value
DVT deep vein thrombosis
DW distilled water
Dx diagnosis
DX dextromethorphan (abbreviation used in drug names)
DXM dextromethorphan
EC or e.c. enteric coated
ECT enteric-coated tablet
ED erectile dysfunction
EES or E.E.S. erythromycin ethylsuccinate
e.g. for example
ENT ear, nose, and throat
ER extended release
est or est. established
exp or exp. expired or expiration
FBS fasting blood sugar
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FD&C food, drugs, and cosmetics
FD&C blue a color additive used in food, drugs, and cosmetics
FD&C yellow a color additive used in food, drugs, and cosmetics
fl fluid
fl oz fluid ounce
flu influenza
FSA flexible spending account
FSH follicle-stimulating hormone
ft foot, feet
GAD generalized anxiety disorder
gal gallon
GB gallbladder
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux)
GFS gel forming solution
GG guaifenesin
GGPE guaifenesin/phenylephrine
GH growth hormone
GI gastrointestinal
gm gram
GMP good manufacturing practice
gr grain
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
H2O water
HA headache
HB or Hb hemoglobin
hBNP human B-type natriuretic peptide
HBP high blood pressure
HBV hepatitis B virus (a viral infection of the liver)
HC hydrocodone or hydrocortisone
HCG human chorionic gonadotropin
HCl or HCL hydrochloride
HCT hydrochlorothiazide
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HCV hepatitis C virus (a viral infection of the liver)
HD hydrocodone (abbreviation used in drug names)
HDL high density lipoprotein (good cholesterol)
HEPA high efficiency particulate air (filter)
HFA hydrofluoroalkane (this is a propellant)
Hg Mercury
HGB or Hgb hemoglobin
HIPAA health insurance portability and accountability act
HIV human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS)
HMG-CoA hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HOH head of household
HPV human papillomavirus (it is spread through sex)
HRT hormone replacement therapy
ht height
HT or HTN hypertension
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
IBW ideal body weight
ICD-9 international classification of diseases, revision 9
ID intradermal
i.e. that is
Ig immuno globulin
IgE immunoglobulin E
IM intramuscular
in inch
inh inhalation
INH isoniazid
inj injection
INR international normalized ratio
IPV inactivated polio vaccine
IR immediate release
ISMP Institute for Safe Medication Practices
IT or ITCH itching
IU or I.U. international unit
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
IVPB intravenous piggyback
JRA juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
K Potassium
KCl or KCL Potassium Chloride
kg kilogram
KVO keep vein open
LA long-acting
lb pound
LBP low back pain
LDL low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol)
liq liquid
lot lotion
LPN licensed practice nurse
MAb or mAb monoclonal antibody
Mag or MAG Magnesium
MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitor
mcg microgram
mcL microliter
MCO Managed Care Organization
MD or M.D. doctor of medicine
MDD major depressive disorder
MDI metered dose inhaler
MDP Medrol Dose Pack
mEq milliequivalent
Mg Magnesium
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction (heart attack)
mL milliliter
MMA Medicare Modernization Act
mm Hg millimeters of mercury (to measure blood pressure)
MOM or MoM Milk of Magnesia
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS morphine sulfate
MS multiple sclerosis
MSC methscopolamine
MTX methotrexate
MVI Multi-Vitamins or multiple vitamins
N/A or n/a not available
N&V or N/V nausea and vomiting
NA nausea
Na Sodium
NABP national association of boards of pharmacy
NaCl Sodium Chloride (salt)
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate
NDA new drug application
NDC national drug code
NEB or neb nebulizer
NG nasogastric
NKA no known allergy
NKDA no known drug allergy
No. or no. number
Nos. or nos. numbers
noct night, at night
NPH N insulin (an intermediate-acting insulin)
NPH N insulin (neutral protamine hagedorn)
NPH N insulin (Humulin N or Novolin N)
NPI National Provider Identifier
NREM nonrapid eye movement
NS nasal spray
NS normal saline (0.9% sodium chloride)
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
NTG nitroglycerin
NV nausea and vomiting
OA osteoarthritis
OB obstetrics
OC oral contraceptive
OCD obsessive compulsive disorder
oint ointment
OP or OPH ophthalmic
OPHT or OPHTH ophthalmic
OTC over the counter
oz ounce
P&L profit and loss
P&T Pharmacy and Therapeutics
PA physician's assistant
PA prior authorization
Pat. patent
PB or Pb phenobarbital
PBA pharmacy benefits administrator
PBM pharmacy benefit manager
PBM prescription benefit manager
PCN penicillin
pct percent or percentage
PD pediatric drop
PDE phosphodiesterase
PDL preferred drug list
PDP prescription drug plan
PDR physician's desk reference
PE phenylephrine (abbreviation used in drug names)
PED pediatric
PEFR peak expiratory flow rate
PEG polyethylene glycol (a laxative)
PG prostaglandin
pH a measure of how acidic or basic a substance is
PHI protected health information
PI perpetual inventory
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
pkd packaged
pkg package
pkt packet
PMDD premenstrual dysphoric disorder
PMR patient medication record
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PNV prenatal vitamins
POS point of sale or point of service
PPI patient package insert
PPI proton pump inhibitor
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PSE pseudoephedrine
pt pint
pt or pt. patient
PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
PTH parathyroid hormone
PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder
PTU propylthiouracil
Px prognosis
qt quart
QTY or qty quantity
R&D research and development
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RBC red blood cell/count
RDA recommended daily allowance
RDA recommended dietary allowance
Ref reference
REM rapid eye movement
Rev or Rev. review, reviewed, revised, revision
RN registered nurse
RPh registered pharmacist
RPhT registered pharmacy technician
RSV respiratory syncytial virus
Rx prescription
SA sustained action
SAD seasonal affective disorder, social anxiety disorder
sat saturated
SBP or sbp systolic blood pressure
sc subcutaneous, under the skin
SERM selective estrogen receptor modulator
SERV serving or servings
sig signa (directions for using a prescription)
SL or S.L. sublingual, under the tongue
SMZ-TMP sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim
SNRI selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor
SOB shortness of breath
SOD or sod sodium
sol or soln solution
SOS if necessary --- used in writing prescriptions
SOS or S.O.S. a call or request for help or rescue
SPF sun protection factor
sq subcutaneous, under the skin
SR sustained release
SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
STD sexually transmitted disease
STI sexually transmitted infection
subq subcutaneous, under the skin
sup or supp suppository
susp suspension
SWI or SWFI sterile water for injection
Sx symptoms
syr syrup
SYR syringe
tab tablet
tac or TAC triamcinolone
tbsp tablespoonful
TCA tricyclic antidepressant
TCN tetracycline
TD transdermal
TDP transdermal patch
TDS transdermal delivery system
TE therapeutic equivalence
TG triglyceride (fat in the blood)
TMP trimethoprim
top topical
TR timed-release
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
tsp teaspoonful
Tx treatment
URI upper respiratory infection
USP United States Pharmacopeia
UTI urinary tract infection
UV ultraviolet
vag vaginally
VD venereal disease
VS vital signs (Blood Pressure, Pulse, Temperature)
w/v weight in volume or weight by volume
WA while awake
WBC white blood cell/count
WH wheezing
wk week
WNL within normal limits
wt weight
WZ wheezing
XL extra long
XR extended release





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