December 2002, Volume 32 Number 12 , p 22 - 22
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A GASTROSTOMY TUBE (GT) is an enteral feeding device placed endoscopically, radiologically, or surgically with its tip in the patient's stomach. Your primary goal when administering medication through a GT is to optimize the drug's therapeutic action without interfering with enteral nutrition.
* Check to see whether the prescribed drug should be given on an empty or full stomach and whether tube feedings should be held (and for how long) before and after administering it.
* Give liquid medications whenever possible to prevent clogging and enhance absorption. Dilute with at least 30 ml of water.
* If a medication is available only in tablet form, check with the pharmacist before crushing it. ...