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Oral meds were extremely difficult for me as my throat pretty much shut down. I could barely drink water so my pain meds were changed to liquid and Fentanyl patches. If I couldn’t get the others down orally we would crush them up and syringe them into the peg tube.
Most medications can be ground up (inexpensive device found at most pharmacies) and diluted in water, which is then pushed into the feeding tube followed by clear water. A few medications might not be allowed to be taken this way in which case there may already be a liquid substitute or another similar medication which can be substituted whilst on the feeding tube. Your pharmacist will be able to check your meds and determine if some are not compatible with a feeding tube application. It is helpful to have someone help you with feeding tube meds prep and dispensing. Keep a good record of what you are taking and when. It's easy to forget when you have a lot on your plate. The whole process is really easier than you might think.