Absorption of antimicrobial agents such as fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines that can be bound by divalent and trivalent cations potentially could be compromised by administration with EN formulas containing these cations. The fluoroquinolones (e.g., levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin) have been best studied in this regard, and results of studies are not consistent.48,49 Some institutions hold tube feedings for 30 to 60 minutes or more before and after enteral dosages of fluoroquinolones. Because ciprofloxacin absorption has been shown to be decreased with jejunal administration, this drug probably should not be given by jejunal tube.49

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