Medical lingo is full of abbreviations and shorthand. Reading a prescription is like reading a foreign language. Hopefully these translations will help.

AS—-Ankylosing Spondylitis

ASA—-Acetylsalicylic Acid (aspirin)

DMARD—-Disease Modifying Anti Rheumatic Drug

FMS—-Fibromyalgia Syndrome

HS—At Bedtime

IM—Intramuscular (injection into the muscle)

JA—-Juvenile Arthritis

JRA—-Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


NSAID—-Non Steroidal Anti Inflamatory Drug


OT—-Occupational Therapy

OTC—-Over the Counter

PA—-Psoriatic Arthritis or Physician’s Assistant

PO—-By mouth

PT—-Physical Therapy

QD—-Once daily

QOD—Every other day

QID—-4 times a day

RA—-Rheumatoid Arthritis

RD—-Rheumatologist Doctor

SAARD—-Slow Acting Anti Rheumatic Drug

SubQ—Subcutaneous (injection just under the skin)

SLE—-Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(Lupus)

TID—-3 times a day