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pro re nata

 (p.r.n.) [pro re na´tah] (L.)
according to circumstances.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pro re na·ta (PRN),

(prō rē nā'tă),
As the occasion arises; as necessary.
[L.]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

pro re na·ta

(PRN) (prō rā nātă)
As the occasion arises; as necessary.
[L.]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

pro re na·ta

(PRN) (prō rā nātă)
As the occasion arises; as necessary.
[L.]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about pro re nata

Q. Is it really necessary to take antibiotic the whole week? Three days ago my 10 years-old son had a sore throat, after a very short examination the doctor said my son has pharyngitis and that he has to take antibiotics for ten days. He took it for two days and now he no long has any sore throat- Why does he have to take the antibiotic for so long? I don’t want him to take too many medications…

A. In order to prevent the complications that the simple sore throat may have in the future, it’s very important to take the medication the whole 10 days. Even though it seems it’s no longer necessary- it is.

Q. is it ok to use drugs for medical reasons? and who is to decide when is necessary to use drugs when needed?

A. Today the most used "medical" drugs are narcotics- for pain relief, for patients who suffer extreme pain. All sorts of Codaine and Morphine types are used and on a very wide basis, and they are specially perscribed for ones who need them.

Q. tender protuding lymph node lump rt. arm pit aprox. 1/2" dia. any concerns or recommend treatment necessary?

A. lymph nodes can flare up any time you get infected in the armpit and all the area that it drains. i had it several times and it went away in the same manner that it came. i think that sometimes it caused because of a blockade done by deodorant. so i try to use this Chinese salt stone that doesn't contain aluminum.

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Dirigit enim prudentiam et consilium praeteritorum notitia, exitusque similium coeptorum nos pro re nata aut hortantur ant deterrent .
In one, he reviewed hospital charts for 114 postoperative children whose physicians had issued pro re nata (PRN) orders -- instructions for nurses to give the amount of painkiller they deem appropriate, within certain limits.