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1 Routes and Formulations Chapter 7Routes 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 FormulationsFor 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 FormulationsOral 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 formulationsLiquid 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.
8 Liquid FormulationsSolutions – 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 FormulationsSpirits – 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 sublingualCondition of the mouthThe patientUnpleasant 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 FormulationsDrugs 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 itAbsorption is unpredictableMost common rectal formulations are:Suppositories – melt when insertedSolutions – enemas or cleansingOintments - 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 InjectionsDermal Vaginal
14 Parenteral Routes Uses: Oral drug is poorly absorbed or degraded by stomach acidRapid drug response is desiredUncooperative patientUnconscious patient
15 Parenteral Routes of Administration Disadvantages:CostRequires skill to administerCan’t take it backRisk of administration, ie. Blood clots, infection
16 Parenteral Routes of Administration Several parenteral routes require a needle and syringe.Intravenous – injected directly into a veinIntradermal – administered into the top layer of the skinIntramuscular – administered into a muscleSubcutaneous – administered into the subcutaneous tissue of the skin
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 formationPhlebitis – inflammation of a veinAir embolism – air introduced into a veinParticulate matter – small pieces of glass from a broken vial or ampule
21 IntramuscularLess 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 SubcutaneousInjection or insertion of a device beneath the surface of the skin.Insulin is given by the SQ routeRisks similar to IMMaximum amount of fluid is 2 mL.
24 IntradermalSmall 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 medicationDrug can get to systemic circulationCan 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.DisadvantagesShould 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 administrationeasily 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 absorptionToxic Shock Syndrome risk – TSS is a bacterial infection in the blood.