Prevacid and G.Tubes - page 2

How do you get the Prevacid granules to go down the G.Tube without clogging the damn thing up? Thank you.... Read More

  1. by   moonshadeau
    since our unit is so acute, we hardly ever use prilosec down a G-tube. Instead we use Prontix IV. Of course the most expensive way to recieve a proton-pump inhibitor.
  2. by   AJACKT33Z
    As one who gives this daily, sodium bicarb is a new method I haven't heard. But dissolve??? I read that the granules were enteric coated--not disolved in stomach, but in intestines.This was reason not to crush granules. I have 55-60 pts @ noc & the stupid DON wonders why I ***** because all old pts have stomach problems & I have to give 15 of these things @ 6:30--1/2 hr. a.c.---they get it all the same time? NO!! You can't be in 3-4 places @ once. I like protonix---give anytime w/o reguard for meals.
  3. by   Huganurse
    When giving meds via G-tube, you need to read the drug information to know the proper method.
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  4. by   CriticalCareOnc
    do not crush or let prevacid granules dissolve in a liquid before giving it to the patient. prevacid is timed release. we are beating its purpose if we crush them. we learned it the hard way. we got cited by dept of health services for that when i used to work ECF.
  5. by   Skeetersmom119
    Quote from ohbet
    How do you get the Prevacid granules to go down the G.Tube without clogging the damn thing up?
    Thank you.
    I requested that the order be changed to Prevacid Solutabs. They work just fine.
  6. by   Skeetersmom119
    Quote from moonshadeau
    since our unit is so acute, we hardly ever use prilosec down a G-tube. Instead we use Prontix IV. Of course the most expensive way to recieve a proton-pump inhibitor.
    Try Prevacid Solutabs, that is what we use.
  7. by   SunnyAndrsn
    Quote from ohbet
    How do you get the Prevacid granules to go down the G.Tube without clogging the damn thing up?
    Thank you.
    It is available in a liquid form, however it needs to be refrigerated. Could you request that? My peds G-tube pt. uses the liquid form, but my other g-tube pts. are capable of swallowing. I have them swallow the pill in a bit of applesauce.
  8. by   RNperdiem
    I swirl the water in the 60mL syringe and slowly add the grains. My tubes don't clog.
  9. by   morte
    i realize this is an old post, but anyone using sodium bicarb to disolve the med for delivery into the stomache is off base. circumventing the proper delivery......i would request either the liquid or change the script.....the apple juice will work, with care.
  10. by   kerst1
    re:Huganurse
    Why would you not use veggie juice to administer Prevacid via g tube?
  11. by   morte
    because the directions tell you to use apple juice.

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