Sublingual And Buccal Medication

These medications are quickly absorbed into the circulatory system because the tissues beneath the tongue and between the cheek and gum consist of a thin layer of epithelium cells and a vast network of capillaries. Nitroglycerin can be administered sublingually.

When administering sublingual or buccal medication:

• Do not permit the patient to ingest food or liquid if the medication is administered sublingually (under the tongue) or bucally (between the cheek and gum) until the medication is completely absorbed.

• Sublingual medication such as nitroglycerin can be administered to a non-responsive patient. Sublingual medication dissolves quickly with minimal chance of aspiration.

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