Quote from nakinok
The order reads Ambien 5mg 2tabs po qhs, mrx1 what do you think this is? I thought original Order of two 5mg tabs can be repeated once if needed. I was told you only repeat with one 5mg tab. I am confused. What do y'all think?
The way it's written, I would have repeated the original dose and given the two 5mg tabs as the repeat. Can't say I agree with the dosage (though I have seen 15mg and even up to 20mg given, but both rarely) but that's how the order was written. The total dosage alone should have prompted a call to the prescriber.
If the prescriber only wanted 1 tab to be given for the repeat, then it should have been written to reflect that: Ambien 5 mg 2 tabs PO QHS, may give 1 additional 5mg tab in an hour if needed.
I often see "MR" for "May Repeat," but it's not an official designation. It would be better if it was specifically spelled out.
At any rate, if you have questions about either the dose or the order, always call the prescriber for clarification.