How to read a doctor’s prescription?

For normal people, it’s always a surprising thing to read a doctor’s prescription. Before being a pharmacist I was also wondering how the people in the chemist shop read doctor’s prescriptions even after very bad handwriting. Well yes, there is no doubt that doctors really having bad handwriting though. here we will get an example of some prescriptions and try to read them. let’s begin with How to read a doctor’s prescription?

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HERE, will cover the prescription with actual examples like a real prescription so it will be a practical show neither like just a theory.

So, begin with the doctors,

why the hell they write such horrible writing? can’t they just write a proper?

the actual answer is not known but by itself doctor. as per some research or whatever, the reason behind the bad handwriting is the study they do in their curriculum.

the thing is as a doctor they have to study a lot and many projects, many pieces of training their mind has to grow they adopted fast writing subconsciously and ended up with worst handwriting. and pharmacists have to tolerate this thing.

absolutely this is wrong to play with a patient’s life with such an extreme word, because of this many patients have to suffer from wrong medicines given by a pharmacist, the whole thing will come up to the pharmacist. why? because it’s a pharmacist’s duty to give proper medication as per prescription.

SO as a Pharmacist, if you’re a pharmacist and there is a problem with a prescription, having difficulties in reading in prescription, don’t do it. ask for a proper prescription for the patient or you can call a doctor and confirm it then proceed for sale.

How to read a doctor’s prescription?

how pharmacists can easily read prescriptions?

Let’s clear this first, secret behind why we pharmacists can read prescriptions is simply because of experiences. yes, there is no magical formula for directly reading, we know most of the medicine brand names that help us. we just guess the first letter and the last letter. and we get a perfect brand name or sometimes doctors do write constituent names that’s help too. it’s just by experiences.

that’s why to master in reading prescription handle as many as prescription on your counter in the beginning.

try not to jump by yourself on prescription ask your seniors even there is a little bit of confusion. and as said no one to ask get some guts and call the doctor.

While reading prescription there are some factors you have to look for:

In prescription the only part of ours is after RX, you what it stands for very well, other than that sometimes in prescription is filled with patients information like age, name, causes factors, disease indications. we will not clear those in it.

look for those and then proceed 

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as you see three dashes are there so

dashes indicate timing / three dash means MORNING/ AFTERNOON / NIGHT  

in front 2 dash one 0 same as before 

it has to take in MORNING / 0 MEANS NOT IN AFTERNOON / NIGHT FOR 30 days

follow after 15 days as indicated.

LA means for local application 

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Tab means tablet as you know 

Cap means capsule 

1-0-1 indicates MORNING / AND NIGHT ONLY 

fro 3 days 

if paining

1-0-0 indicate once only in MORNING

Once before breakfast

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T means Tablet 

1-0-0 indicates MORNING only  

1-0-0 indicates morning only

0-0-1 indicates NIGHT only 

half -half – 0 indicates half in the MORNING /half in the AFTERNOON only

now, here ramipril is the content/constituents name

1-0-1 indicates in MORNING / and In NIGHT ONLY.

 

all of the above information is gathered from actual experiences as a pharmacist.

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