Routine meds can they be given an hour early or late

  1. On a routine med that it is a narcotic can it be given an hour early or late?
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  3. by   Triddin
    Depends on your hospital policy how soon or late a medication can be given. Also depends why you are holding / giving a med later or earlier. I'm certainly going to wait in giving a narcotic if my patient is drowsy with slow respirations. And if they are in so much pain they need th narcotic now, I'd probably look into getting some breakthrough meds for the,
  4. by   llg
    It always depends on the specifics of the situation. You can be a lot more flexible in the timing of administering a daily multivitamin than you can be in giving something for which the effectiveness and/or safety is dependent on maintaining a certain level of the drug in the body.
  5. by   heron
    Also depends on your state board of pharmacy. In my state, narcotics may not be given early, regardless of whether they are ordered prn or routine.
  6. by   brownbook
    Beware, Pamcory's other post about PRN's was very sketchy, to the point where an administrator told her to talk to her health care provider overseeing her medical treatment, and closed the post.
    Last edit by brownbook on Mar 2
  7. by   Orion81RN
    Quote from brownbook
    Beware, Pamcory's other post about PRN's was very sketchy, to the point where an administrator told her to talk to her health care provider overseeing her medical treatment, and closed the post.
    Ahh, as in OP asking as the patient and not the nurse? Good catch.
  8. by   Orion81RN
    Yep. OP's third attempt at this post regarding this topic. Talk to your healthcare team. We cannot answer your questions.

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