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Routes of Administration II


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Oral
by mouth
rectal
by rectum
vaginal
by vagina
sublingual
under the tongue
nasal
by nostrils (nose)
transdermal
through the skin (patch)
external
applied on the skin
parenteral
injection
intravenous
injection into the bloodstream/veins
intramuscular
injection into muscles
subcutanous
under the skin
intrathecal
injection into the subarachnoid space of the brain
intradermal
injection beneath the skin
topical
applied locally (directly to the area where it's needed)
gastrostomy tube
inserted through the abdomen into the stomach to supply nutrients
nasogastric tube
inserted through the nose, down the throat, and to the stomach
intravenous piggyback
intravenous, given through the same line as another intravenous medication