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How to Give Medication Instructions in Spanish

How to Give Medication Instructions in Spanish

This is a super-easy structure for beginners and advanced level Spanish speakers to convert the pharmacy vocabulary below into clear medication instructions in Spanish.

In this instructional video you’ll learn:

  • Easy cheater commands (for the beginner) in Spanish to communicate common phrases like:
    • You need to…
    • You must…
    • You have to…
    • You can…
    • You should…
    • Please…
  • How to form the usted command form of verbs in Spanish (for Int & Adv speakers) so that you can use them with proper amount, form, and frequency vocabulary included in this free download. It’s a 3-step process that you’ll learn in the video:
    1. Go to the “yo” (tomo)
    2. Drop the “o” (tom)
    3. Add the opposite ending (tome)

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The free medication instructions in Spanish flashcards include the following terms in an easy-to-study print & cut format. Enjoy!

Medication Classes

  • el analgésico /el calmante 
  • el antiácido 
  • el antialérgico /el antihistamínico 
  • el antibiótico 
  • el anticoagulante 
  • el anti colinérgico 
  • el anticonvulsivo 
  • el antidepresivo 
  • el anti diarreico 
  • el antiespasmódico 
  • el antigripal 
  • el anti hipertensivo 
  • el antiinflamatorio no esteriode 
  • el antitusígeno 
  • el barbitúrico 
  • el broncodilatador 
  • el descongestionante 
  • el diurético 
  • el esteriode 
  • el expectorante 
  • el laxante 
  • la pastilla anticonceptiva 
  • la pastilla para bajar de peso 
  • la pastilla para dormir 
  • el sedante /el calmante 
  • el tranquilizante 
  • la vitamina 

Medication Forms and Types

  • la aguja 
  • la botella 
  • el frasco 
  • la cápsula 
  • la crema 
  • la cucharada 
  • la cucharadita 
  • la dosis 
  • el elíxir 
  • el gel 
  • la gota 
  • la inhalador 
  • las inyecciones 
  • el jarabe 
  • la jeringuilla 
  • la jeringa 
  • los líquidos 
  • media cucharadita 
  • media tableta 
  • el medicamento 
  • los medicamentos tópicos 
  • la medicina 
  • la parche 
  • la pastilla 
  • la píldora 
  • la receta 
  • el suero 
  • el supositorio 
  • la suspensión 
  • las tabletas 
  • el ungüento 

Dosing Frequencies

  • al acostarse 
  • a las 9 de la… 
  • cada horas 
  • con las comidas 
  • con leche 
  • con mucha agua 
  • cuando es necesario 
  • debajo de la lengua 
  • diario 
  • un día sí, un día no 
  • cada otro día 
  • media hora antes de 
  • media hora después de 
  • para dormir 
  • para el dolor 
  • por la mañana 
  • por la noche 
  • por la tarde 
  • sin falta 
  • todos los días 
  • veces al día 
  • una vez al día 

Study dosing and frequency vocabulary in Spanish


As you saw in the video above, it’s relatively simple to give medication instructions in Spanish. Once you have the vocabulary down, it’s relatively plug and play:

Beginning level medical Spanish speakers can use this format: Shortcut (you can take) + Number & Form (2 Ibuprofen) + Frequency (every 6hrs as needed for the pain).

Intermediate & advanced Spanish speakers can use the imperative form of the verb to give a quick instruction: Command form (take) + Number & Form (2 Ibuprofen) + Frequency (every 6 hrs as needed for the pain).

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