Canterbury DHB

Context

Routes of Administration

The oral route is preferred in most circumstances. Other routes are also used.
Switching the route of administration may require dose adjustment.

Medicines can be administered:

For advice about converting medicine doses (e.g. morphine) when switching route of administration, see the Pharmacokinetic Table. When switching from oral to a parenteral route for medicines with low bioavailability, dose reduction will be needed. When switching from parenteral to oral for medicines with low bioavailability, dose increase will be needed. For specific medicines, discuss with the Ward Pharmacists or contact Medicines Information (Phone 80900).

In This Section

Oral (PO)

Sublingual/Buccal

Nasogastric Tube (NG) and Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)

Rectal (PR)

Intravenous (IV)

Subcutaneous (SUBCUT)

Intramuscular (IM)

Transdermal

Oral (PO)

Sublingual/Buccal

Nasogastric Tube (NG) and Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)

Rectal (PR)

Intravenous (IV)

Subcutaneous (SUBCUT)

Intramuscular (IM)

Transdermal

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March 2022

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Topic Code: 191688