PRN Medications – An Introduction
Some medications come with specific instructions for use every day, such as “Take 1 tablet by mouth every 6 hours.”
Other medications are only used when needed for a specific situation, such as when you have a cold, allergies, constipation, or pain. Some of these medicines are prescribed for you by your physician while others can be purchased at your local pharmacy.
These medications that are taken “as needed” are known as “PRN” medicines. “PRN” is a Latin term that stands for “pro re nata,” which means “as the thing is needed.”
If you are prescribed a medicine to take “only as needed,” the pharmacist should provide you with clear instructions about how and when to take it. Some examples for PRN medications include:
oxycodone & combinations
Patients often like to be mindful of when they last took their dose of PRN Medication, since they are not taking it on a regular schedule. The e-pill Kitchen Safe is a tamper-resistant pill box and count-down timer that can ensure patients do not take too many pills. It will “lock out” the patient from taking their medication until a certain interval of time has passed.
The e-pill TimeCap is a small cap that fits on a standard prescription bottle. It displays the last time that the bottle was opened, so the patient knows exactly how long it has been since they took their medication.
More tech-savvy patients can also try the App Pill Logger, which allows the user to record a history of what meds have been taken. This may be useful if you are using several PRN Medications.
Remember to always ask your pharmacist if you have a question about how often PRN Medications should be taken!