Caution codes, drug
Abbreviations on medications that indicate caution. While not a part of the historical heritage of ancient prescription abbreviations, drug caution codes provide very valuable warnings. They include both universal and specific caution codes: {{}}Universal caution codes: {{}}D = drowsiness H = habitforming I = interaction X = SOS (contains a substance such as acetaminophen that could cause problems — consult your pharmacist) Special caution codes ASA = contains acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) C = caution G = glaucoma S = diabetes These special caution codes are intended to be warnings for patients with specific medical conditions. For example, a person with hypertension might see the generic "C" code on a prescription bottle or vial if the medication might raise his or her blood pressure. If you see one of the universal or special caution codes on a prescription, talk to your pharmacist about it before using the medicine. In the United States and some other countries, a system of stickers with pictographs is also used to warn of side effects such as drowsiness.

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