These are popular pharmacy Sig codes used in the pharmacy setting. Expect to see these on the test.

Pharmacy Sig codes are short-hand for dictating instructions to the patient; however, when entering in the data you should convert the pharmacy Sig codes into everyday language. For example, most people outside of the pharmacy might not know what the pharmacy Sig code “BID” means, but they will understand “twice a day.”

q EVERY
qH EVERY HOUR
qAM EVERY MORNING
qPM EVERY EVENING
qHS EVERY BEDTIME
qD EVERY DAY
qOD EVERY OTHER DAY
qWK EVERY WEEK
qMO EVERY MONTH
q__° EVERY___HOURS
q__H EVERY___HOURS
BID TWICE A DAY
TID THREE A DAY
QID FOUR A DAY
X_D TIMES__DAYS
TDS 3 TIMES A DAY
C WITH
AC BEFORE A MEAL
PC AFTER A MEAL
HS AT BEDTIME
PRN AS NEEDED
UD AS DIRECTED
AA OF EACH
QS QUANTITY SUFFICIENT
GTT DROP
TBSP TABLESPOON
TSP TEASPOON
OZ OUNCE
GM GRAM
KG KILOGRAM
LB POUND
ML MILLILITER
L LITER
G GALLON
OD RIGHT EYE
OS LEFT EYE
OU BOTH EYES
AD RIGHT EAR
AS LEFT EAR
AU BOTH EARS
PO BY MOUTH / ORAL
SL SUBLINGUAL
NG NASO GASTRIC
BUCCAL CHEEK/GUM
PR RECTALLY
PV VAGINALLY
SUPP SUPPOSITORY
TAB TABLET
CAP CAPSULE
IM INTRA MUSCULAR
SQ SUBCUTANEOUS
IV INTRAVENOUS
IC INTRA CARDIAC
INJ INJECTION
STAT IMMEDIATELY

Tip: Practice pharmacy Sig codes by making your own flash cards with index note cards.


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