A Guide to Drug Therapy in Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes: Dosage Form Selection and Administration Methods

  • Beckwith M
  • Feddema S
  • Barton R
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Drug therapy may be complicated in hospitalized patients receiving nutrition via enteral feeding tubes. Dosage form selection and appropriate administration methods are crucial in patients with feeding tubes. Although hospitalized patients receive nutritional support through various routes, oral nutrition is preferred. Enteral or parenteral nutrition may be used if oral intake is inadequate or inadvisable. Patients with functional gastrointestinal tracts usually receive enteral nutrition. Admin- istering oral medications through the enteral feeding tube can lead to complications like tube clogging or decreased drug activity. However, drug therapy need not be compromised in patients receiving enteral nutri- tion. Careful selection and preparation of dosage forms reduces the com- plications of medication administration. Flushing the feeding tube and screening for drug incompatibilities decreases the incidence of tube clog- ging and replacement.

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  • Critical care
  • Drug administration
  • Enteral nutrition

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  • M. Christina Beckwith

  • Sarah S. Feddema

  • Richard G. Barton

  • Caran Graves

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