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Can you take medications through a feeding tube?

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Most meds can go through a tube. Some come as liquids. You may be able to crush or dissolve pills and put them into the feeding tube, but talk to your doctor first. Sometimes you might get nausea, cramps, or stomach problems. If so, your doctor may suggest you check that your tube is placed correctly, switch formula, or she may prescribe medication to help you feel better.

From: Living With a Feeding Tube WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

ALS Association: “Maintaining Good Nutrition With ALS: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Friends,” “FYI … Information About Feeding Tubes.”

The Oley Foundation: “Choosing the Right Tube for You,” “Home Enteral Nutrition,” “Living With Enteral Feeds: An Exploration of Physical and Psycho-Social Issues,” “Restaurant and Bathroom Cards,” “Swimming With IV Nutrition/Tube Feedings,” “I Can Eat in Restaurants.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding With a Pump,” “Tube Feeding Using the Gravity Method.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “How to Use and Care for Your Feeding Tube,” “PEG Complication Chart.”

Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation: “Tube Feeding Basics: Site Closure.”

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding: What You Need to Know.”

CP Family Network: “DIY Blenderized Diets for Tube Feeding.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

ALS Association: “Maintaining Good Nutrition With ALS: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Friends,” “FYI … Information About Feeding Tubes.”

The Oley Foundation: “Choosing the Right Tube for You,” “Home Enteral Nutrition,” “Living With Enteral Feeds: An Exploration of Physical and Psycho-Social Issues,” “Restaurant and Bathroom Cards,” “Swimming With IV Nutrition/Tube Feedings,” “I Can Eat in Restaurants.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding With a Pump,” “Tube Feeding Using the Gravity Method.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “How to Use and Care for Your Feeding Tube,” “PEG Complication Chart.”

Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation: “Tube Feeding Basics: Site Closure.”

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: “Tube Feeding: What You Need to Know.”

CP Family Network: “DIY Blenderized Diets for Tube Feeding.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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