The Path of a Drug - the drug to be available to the body....

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The Path of a Drug Jessica Thibodeaux HCP/210 With each different route of administration there are different paths throughout the human body the drug takes. The route of administration PO abbreviated for oral is taken through the mouth. Other routes are inhalants, ophthalmically, otically, nasal, transdermal, rectally, vaginally or injected. In order for the medication to be absorbed the drug must pass through the intestines and then it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Injected medications skip this step. The dosage of the drug and the rate of absorption depend on the age, sex, weight, disease state, and genetics for
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Unformatted text preview: the drug to be available to the body. This is also known as the bioavailability. Once the medication is absorbed it is then distributed to where it needs to be. After the drug is distributed the liver, kidneys, and lungs process the medication into smaller parts called metabolites that are inactive then they are metabolized into an active form. After the medication is in active form it then needs to be eliminated from the body. The medications can be eliminated through feces, urine, tears, breathe, and sweat. This elimination process needs to be done to prevent damage to the body....
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course HCP210 HCP210 taught by Professor Barbara during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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