Medication Administration

1394618_95923475There are a plethora of different medications, all of which are designed to help heal or treat your illnesses. The administration procedure for these medicines can vary greatly depending on the area that requires treatment. Some methods of medication administration include:

  • Eye drops
  • Ear instillations and irrigations
  • Nasal medications
  • Intramuscular injections
  • Subcutaneous injections
  • Intradermal injections
  • Transdermal medications
  • Aerosol nebulizers/inhalers
  • Suppository
  • Oral

Your nurse is trained in all of these medication administration methods and will follow the guidelines and doses prescribed by your doctor. They will monitor your condition to see if there are any adverse side effects, which, depending on the type of drug you have taken and the method of administration, may include:

  • Central nervous system
    • Headache
    • Tremors
    • Dizziness
    • Muscle spasms
    • Confusion
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Cramps
    • Abdominal pain
  • Skin
    • Rash
    • Flushing
    • Swallowing
    • Swelling of eyelids and lips
    • Erythema
    • Urticaria
  • Cardiovascular
    • Hypotension
    • Arrhythmia
    • Tachycardia
    • Bradycardia
  • Respiratory
    • Shortness of breath
    • Wheezing
    • Stridor
    • Dyspnea on exertion
    • Respiratory depression

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