If the letters “SR” appear after the drug name on the label, this indicates the medication is “sustained-release.” Do not crush these pills. Check with your pharmacist or nurse to be sure that your pills may be crushed and given at the same time. This link has a list of medicines DO NOT CRUSH.
- Crush the pills. (we used a pill/tablet crusher from Walgreens $5.99)
- We then took a clean pill bottle and filled it with water and the crushed pills and blended with a milk frother from IKEA that was only $2.79.
- Flush your feeding tube with 30cc of water before giving your medication.
- Add the medication mixture with another 30cc of water to flush.
- To prevent a clogged feeding tube, flush your tube with water each time after giving a feeding or medication.
- If your feeding tube becomes clogged, you can use these methods:
- Place the syringe into your feeding tube, and pull back on the plunger.
- Flush your tube with warm tap water.