A patient may fear that once a feeding tube is placed, they will never be able to eat solid food again. If the patient can eat by mouth safely, then they can eat food and supplement with the tube feeding.
Eating food will not cause damage to the tube, nor does having a feeding tube make it unsafe to eat.
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Some medications may not be administered with enteral formulas because they form precipitates that may clog the feeding tube and reduce drug absorption.
To avoid compromising nutritional status, minimize the amount of time that feeding is interrupted by using once or twice daily dosage regimens.
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