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patient with naso gastric tube can get sub lingual medication or not

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a patient with naso gastric tube can get sub lingual medication or not
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  N Cal Atty replied 6 years ago.
Are you asking if sublingual medication can be administered through the tube?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
i am asking if pt. with NGT can at all get sublingual med . or i have to ask the order to be changed
Expert:  N Cal Atty replied 6 years ago.
I am moving your question to the Medical Experts.
Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
Since the sublingual medications such as nitroglycerin are absorbed primarily through the mucosa, one would not expect there to be a problem with administering a medication by this route to someone with an NG tube.
http://books.google.com/books?id=h6S0lQL7MtQC&pg=PT122

Unfortunately, not all medications are well absorbed by this route
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2458208
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