prescribe (something) for (someone or something)

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prescribe (something) for (someone or something)

1. To write a prescription of medicine for someone. He prescribed a mild pain sedative for Daniel to help him sleep.
2. To write a prescription of medicine to treat a particular illness, ailment, or disease. Can you prescribe anything for my insomnia?
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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?
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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?
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Patients seldom take this news well, so it's a good idea to practice this straightforward phrasing beforehand: "'In my medical opinion, this type of pain medication is simply not safe for you, and I cannot prescribe it for you anymore."
Patients seldom take this news well, so it's a good idea to practice this straightforward phrasing beforehand: "In my medical opinion, this type of pain medication is simply not safe for you and I cannot prescribe it for you anymore.
However, once a medicine is approved, licensed doctors can prescribe it for different things.
If there is no alternative but to use an aminoglycoside, then I do so carefully; I prescribe it for the shortest duration necessary and certainly for no longer than 5 or 7 days without reviewing the patient clinically to see if further treatment is required.
Since yohimbine can cause blood vessels to dilate and blood flow to increase, some physicians prescribe it for erectile dysfunction.
But once a drug is approved, a doctor can prescribe it for any use, on- or off-label.