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Selecting and Administering Medications




  • Includes examples of various dose forms and alternative forms of drug administration
  • Addresses drug-feed compatibility
  • Focuses on drug-drug interactions
  • Provides an excellent summary of medication recommendations

Most people with a gastrostomy tube require medication at some time. For many people, medication is required on a regular basis and health professionals and carers must therefore be aware of the potential problems that can be encountered and how to avoid such problems. This chapter discusses various issues relating to the selection and administration of medications in tube-fed people.


Contents include

  • Dose form
    • Preferred dose forms
    • Capsules
  • Alternative forms
  • Drug-feed compatibility
    • Limited data
    • Some known interactions
    • Protein-bound drugs
  • Drug-drug interactions
  • Tube patency
    • Preventing blockages and unblocking tubes
    • Feeds and blockages
    • Medications and blockages
    • Best practice to avoid blockages
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

BachD (Pharmacy), Grad Dip (Clinical Pharmacy)
Jan Iskander is a registered pharmacist who holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. Jan is the manager of the pharmacy department at the community-based Sandringham & District Memorial Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia. Jan has extensive experience in community and hospital pharmacies. She was previously manager of the pharmacy service at North West Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. In this role she was, at various times, responsible for the pharmacy departments at North West Hospital, Gr...

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