Giving Medicines Through the Feeding Tube

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Penn Home Infusion Team
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Your doctor may order drugs to be given through your feeding tube. It is best to get the medication in a liquid form. If a medication is not available in liquid form, pills must be crushed and dissolved completely in warm water. Some drugs such as, "sustained release" or enteric coated medicines should not be crushed. Check with your doctor prior to crushing drugs.

  1. If you are using more than one drug, give each drug separately.
  2. Flush the tube with 60 ml of water before and after giving each drug to prevent the tube from clogging. (See the Flushing Your Tube section for more information.)


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