Frequency of Taking Medicine

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How often you should take any medicine is called frequency in respect of medication. For example, your doctor may ask you to take medicine once a day or twice a day.

Your doctor may write this in abbreviations:

FrequencyAbbreviationsFull Form
Once a dayQ.D.QUAQUE DIE
ODOMNI DIE
Twice dailyB.I.D. OR BDBIS IN DIE
BDSBIS DIE SUMENDUM
3 times a dayT.I.D.TER IN DIE
TDSTER DIE SUMENDUM
4 times a dayQ.I.D.QUATER IN DIE
Q.D.S.QUATER DIE SUMENDUS
Every 4 hoursQ.Q.H.QUATER QUAQUE HORA
Every other dayQ.O.D.QUAQUE ALTERA DIE
EODEVERY OTHER DAY
Every nightQ.N.QUAQUE NOCTE
Every night at bedtimeQ.H.S.Q.H.S.
Every hourQ.H.QUAQUE HORA
As neededP.R.N.PRO RE NATA

The doctor should not use abbreviations for advising frequency of taking medicine. The most of health organizations prohibit it for safe medical practice and better understanding for patients.

The frequency of Taking Ayurvedic Medicine

In the most cases, medicines are prescribed for twice daily. Here is a table for the frequency of taking different ayurvedic medicines:

Medicine CategoryFrequency
Asava & ArishtaTwice Daily
Ayurvedic Arq (Distillate)Twice Daily
Single Herb Churna2 to 3 times a day
Bhasma & PishtiTwice Daily
Churna (Polyherbal Formulation)2 to 3 times a day
Ghrita (Ghritam)Once a day or Twice Daily
Guggul2 to 3 times a day
Ras Rasayana – Herbal Mineral MedicineTwice Daily
Kashayam (Decoction)Twice Daily
KshaarTwice Daily
Kupipakwa RasayanaTwice Daily
Lauh & MandoorTwice Daily
Lehyam (Avaleha)Once a day or Twice Daily
Murabba (Marmalade)Once a day or Twice Daily
Sharbat (Squash)Once a day or Twice Daily
Thailam (Medicated Oils) – for internal useOnce a day or Twice Daily
Vati & Gutika2 to 3 times a day

Note: The frequency described above may not be always correct. Although it may be applicable to the most of ayurvedic medicines, there might be several exceptions. Please read the individual article for each medicine to know the accurate frequency of taking medicine.

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