The nurse is administering a sublingual tablet of nitroglycerin to a patient with chest pain. The nurse should instruct the patient to place the medication in which of the following locations?


• Sublingual means "under the tongue."  For proper delivery of sublingual medications, they should be placed on the mucosa below the tongue, on the floor of the mouth. This is superior to the sublingual gland. 

• Placing the medication in front of the teeth, inside the cheek, or on the tongue are all incorrect locations for proper administration of sublingual medications. 

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