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1 Routes and Formulations
Chapter 7 Routes and Formulations

2 Routes and Formulations
The way the body absorbs and distributes drugs varies with the route of administration. Drugs are contained in formulations and the route of administration is either enteral or parenteral. Enteral – anything involving the alimentary canal (from the mouth to the anus). Enteral routes are oral, sublingual, buccal, and rectal. Parenteral - any route outside the alimentary canal.

3 Formulations For each route of administration, there are various formulations used to deliver the drug. Different dosage forms affect onset, duration of action, and concentration of drug in the body. Review pages

4 Local or Systemic Effect
A local effect occurs when the drug activity is at the site of administration. (eyes, ears, nose, skin). A systemic effect occurs when the drug is introduced into the circulatory system by any route and carried to the blood to the site of activity.

5 Oral Formulations Oral administration is the most frequently used route because they are easy to use, carry, and administer. The term used to specify oral administration is peroral or PO. Certain drugs are effected by the pH of the stomach.

6 Oral formulations Liquid oral formulations generally reach the circulatory system faster than solid dosage forms. Disintegration and dissolution are not required for when dosage is in a liquid form. Disintegration- the breaking apart of a tablet into smaller pieces. Dissolution – when smaller pieces of disintegrated tablet dissolve in a solution.

7 Solid Formulations Tablets Capsules Bulk powders Modified release

8 Liquid Formulations Solutions – a clear liquid dissolved in a solvent (a liquid that dissolves another substance) Aqueous solutions are the most common type of oral solution. Water is the solvent. Syrups – solution that is saturated with sugar. Nonaqueous solutions – contain solvent other than water. Elixirs – alcohol or water based, sweetened. Not as thick as a syrup

9 Liquid Formulations Spirits – alcoholic or hydroalcoholic solution that are usually used for flavoring but some are medicinal. Tinctures - alcoholic or hydroalcoholic solution. Suspensions – solution in which the drug does not completely dissolve in the solvent. Sweetened or flavored. Settle over time. Emulsions – oil and water based. An emulsifier is used to make the drugs mix. Gels – gelling agents are used to increase viscosity of the drug.

10 Sublingual Formulations
Tablets are placed under the tongue in sublingual administration. When the drug is released from the tablet, it is quickly absorbed into the circulatory system since the membranes in the mouth are very thin and there is a good blood supply. Nitroglycerin is the best known. Limitations to sublingual Condition of the mouth The patient Unpleasant taste to hold in mouth

11 Buccal Formulations Buccal cavity are the insides of the cheek.
Tablets and lozenges are placed in the pouch between the cheeks and the teeth to dissolve. Rapid absorption of drugs.

12 Rectal Formulations Drugs are administered via the rectum for a local effect or to avoid degradation after oral administration. If oral administration is unavailable because the patient is vomiting, unconscious, or unable to swallow oral formulations, the rectal route is an option. Disadvantages: Pt’s don’t like it Absorption is unpredictable Most common rectal formulations are: Suppositories – melt when inserted Solutions – enemas or cleansing Ointments - local effect, hemorrhoids

13 Parenteral Routes of Administration
Parenteral – a route of administration outside the alimentary tract. Alimentary - the organs from the mouth to the anus. The GI tract is a portion of the alimentary tract. Parenteral routes include: Intraocular Intranasal Inhalation Injections Dermal Vaginal

14 Parenteral Routes Uses:
Oral drug is poorly absorbed or degraded by stomach acid Rapid drug response is desired Uncooperative patient Unconscious patient

15 Parenteral Routes of Administration
Disadvantages: Cost Requires skill to administer Can’t take it back Risk of administration, ie. Blood clots, infection

16 Parenteral Routes of Administration
Several parenteral routes require a needle and syringe. Intravenous – injected directly into a vein Intradermal – administered into the top layer of the skin Intramuscular – administered into a muscle Subcutaneous – administered into the subcutaneous tissue of the skin

17 Injection types

18 Intravenous Formulations
Intravenous dosage forms are administered directly into a vein. It takes 20 seconds for the medication to circulate throughout the body. Solutions are the most common IV formulations and are aqueous (water).


20 Complications of IV therapy
Thrombus – clot formation Phlebitis – inflammation of a vein Air embolism – air introduced into a vein Particulate matter – small pieces of glass from a broken vial or ampule

21 Intramuscular Less hazardous than the IV route but many people experience pain at the injection site. Risks include: hematoma, scar formation, embolism, cyst. Injection site should be as far away from major nerves to avoid nerve injury or damage. Only 2 – 5 mL of solution can be given, amount depended on site. Larger muscle, more medicine.


23 Subcutaneous Injection or insertion of a device beneath the surface of the skin. Insulin is given by the SQ route Risks similar to IM Maximum amount of fluid is 2 mL.

24 Intradermal Small volumes that are injected into the top layer of skin. TB test is only 0.1 mL of solution. Intradermal injections forms a wheal, or raised blister like area.

25 Ophthalmic Formulations
Used for local treatment of the eye. Formulations are sterile and are either suspensions or solutions. Ointments and inserts are available. Disadvantages: Loss of dose due to spillage. Tears wash away medication Drug can get to systemic circulation Can be difficult to use

26 Intranasal Formulations
Nasal cavity can hold about 20 mL (or 4 tsp), which is a very large surface area and has a rich blood supply. Primarily used for decongestant activity on the nasal mucosa. Blood concentrations are about equal to IV formulations. Route being considered for insulin delivery. Disadvantages Should not be used for prolonged periods. Drug often swallowed because often difficult to administer

27 Inhalation Formulations
Drugs intended to reach the pulmonary system. Large surface area and rich blood supply, but due to inconsistencies in absorption the route is not as good as IV. Gaseous and anesthetics are the most important drugs given this route. Most dosage forms are aerosols.


29 Dermal Formulations For local effects on or with in the skin.
Dosage formulations are lubricants, drying agents, protectants, emollients, etc. and are used for a variety of skins conditions. Some dermal dosage formulations promote percutaneous absorption (through the skin) and used for birth control, cardiac disease, depression, smoking cessation, etc. and cause a systemic effect. Advantages: ease of administration easily removed if needed. Disadvantages: absorbed amount is limited.

30 Vaginal Formulations Used generally for localized effects.
Formulations for this route are solutions, ointments, creams, foams, suppositories, tablets, and IUD (contraceptive device). Disadvantages: Variable absorption Toxic Shock Syndrome risk – TSS is a bacterial infection in the blood.

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