A patient with a nasogastric (NG) tube has medications ordered in tablet form. How should the nurse administer the medications?

Crush the tablets, dissolve them in water, then administer through the NG tube


•Tablets (except for extended/sustained release) can be crushed and mixed with water in order to be administered through an NG tube.

•Requesting a liquid form is not neccessary.

•Cutting the tablets in half will clog the NG tube.

•Heating the medication may alter its action.

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