A patient with a nasogastric (NG) tube has medications ordered. The nurse recognizes that which of the following medications can be administered through the NG tube:

acetaminophen liquid.
metoprolol, crushed.

Explanation

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

•Requesting a liquid form is not necessary.

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

•Heating the medication may alter its action.

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