Question about Magnesium Oxide

  1. I have a patient who is fed via a G-Tube. I have to give him Mag-Ox, however, when I crush it and add it to water or juice it tends to float to the top of the fluid & refuses to mix in. I read that you actually absorb only 20% of the drug when taken orally. So considering this med will not mix in fluids, and sticks on the side of the syringe, I am concerned that he is not getting much benefit from it. Do any of you know what I can mix it with to ensure it goes down the G-Tube? Thank You in advance.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Five&Two Will Do
    I do not know if MagOx comes in a solution, but if nothing else you couold ask for maloxx. Same amount of mag + the aluminum to help with the diarrhea it causes. I hate when things stick to the side of a tumi!
  4. by   CoffeeRTC
    Call the pharmacist and ask them what they suggest or what alt med/ dose they suggest.
  5. by   McGyverRN
    Quote from gentlegiver
    I have a patient who is fed via a G-Tube. I have to give him Mag-Ox, however, when I crush it and add it to water or juice it tends to float to the top of the fluid & refuses to mix in. I read that you actually absorb only 20% of the drug when taken orally. So considering this med will not mix in fluids, and sticks on the side of the syringe, I am concerned that he is not getting much benefit from it. Do any of you know what I can mix it with to ensure it goes down the G-Tube? Thank You in advance.
    Have you tried using warm water? Also, if this is an acute care pt, maybe the doc can change to IV. If it is LTC, maybe ask the doc to check labs and see if the pt truly needs it.

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