PRN Medications

PRN medications are given on an “as needed” basis for specific signs & symptoms. Signs or symptoms of illness or discomfort can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Increased anxiety or agitation
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Redness in a cut or a scrape
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Cramping

PRN medications may be prescription medications or over-the-counter medications (Non-prescription).

In order to give a PRN medication, you must have a medication order and a PRN protocol.

A PRN protocol is needed for PRN medications orders because, unlike medication that is ordered on a regular basis, you need to know when a PRN medication should be given and whether the resident can communicate their need.

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