prescribe for

prescribe something for someone

to order a medication to be given to or sold to someone. I asked the doctor to prescribe a painkiller for me. What can you prescribe for me for this illness?

prescribe something for something

to suggest or recommend something for a particular disease. Could you prescribe something for my cold? What can you prescribe for this illness?
References in classic literature ?
A Fox asked him, "How can you pretend to prescribe for others, when you are unable to heal your own lame gait and wrinkled skin?
He asked any student who happened to be standing near him what he would prescribe for a patient he had just seen.
And such a pilot and ruler will provide and prescribe for the interest of the sailor who is under him, and not for his own or the ruler's interest?
The barber-gillie, who was a doctor too, was called in to prescribe for me; but as he spoke in the Gaelic, I understood not a word of his opinion, and was too sick even to ask for a translation.
Either the Countess or the Baron are to taste the food and drink brought to his bedside, in his presence, and even the medicines which the doctor may prescribe for him.
He was a state doctor, called in to prescribe for an ailing constitution.
It is one of the most marked characteristics of Greek political theory that Plato and Aristotle think of the statesman as one who has knowledge of what ought to be done, and can help those who call him in to prescribe for them, rather than one who has power to control the forces of society.
However, Hall et al (2006) suggest that only 50% of health visitors with a V100 qualification prescribe for their clients, and further studies cite evidence of a low level of prescribing activity (While and Biggs, 2004; Thurtle, 2007, Young et al, 2009; Brooks, 2013).
Specialist nurse prescribing would enable nurses with a postgraduate diploma in prescribing, who worked in multidisciplinary teams in speciality services or in general practice, to prescribe for common conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension.
New Brunswickers are well served by our primary health care NPs who diagnose and prescribe for clients under their care.
The eRx Collaborative has made it easy for physicians and other prescribers who participate in multiple health plan networks to prescribe for all patients via a handheld device and/or Web browser.
Specialist nurse prescribing would enable nurses with a postgraduate diploma in prescribing, who work in multi-disciplinary teams in specialty services or in general practice, to prescribe for common conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension.
E[acute accent]The eRx Collaborative has made it easy for physicians and other prescribers who participate in multiple health plan networks to prescribe for all patients via a handheld device and/or Web browser.
This technology will allow a physician to view real-time information about a patient's prescription history, current medications and drug benefits -- helping make a better informed decision about the best drug to prescribe for a patient and helping to reduce medication errors.
Zyprexa is among a host of anti-psychotic drugs that doctors are encouraged to prescribe for off-label uses by manufacturers.