Clogging is especially common when thick formulas and medications are delivered through feeding tubes with smaller French sizes.
If multiple medications must be delivered, it is recommended that each medication be delivered separately.
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Improper drug administration can lead to a feeding tube clog, increased toxicity, or reduced efficacy of the drug.*
Medications cause occlusion in approximately 15% of patients with enteral feeding tubes.*
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Medication formulations, such as liquid or compressed tablets, are often not appropriate for administration via enteral tubes.*
Certain suspensions, syrups, and acidic elixirs may thicken or clump and clog the feeding tube.*
* Williams, N.T. Medication Administration Through Enteral Feeding Tubes. Am J Health-Syst Pharm, 2008; 65: 2347-2357.