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Alternatives for what to put into feeding tube vs Jevity 1.5 which makes my husband sick.

Cowboys Wife.
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Hello...my husband is in week 7 of radiation & chemo for head & neck cancer and the formula (Jevity 1.5) that we put into his feeding tube is making him sick every day! He hates it & we would love any recipe for a high calorie subsitiute that we can purchase of that we can make naturally in a jucier.  PLEASE HELP!  thank you! Nancy in Austin ..  nancy.anderson@sprint.com

phrannie51's picture
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"tube feeding recipes" into Bing and a whole bunch of sites came up.  There is one or two people here who eat what everyone else at home is eating, however they get it through their tubes.  If I remember right they used chicken broth or water to thin it out.  You just have to make sure it is totally blended so nothing clogs it up.


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nancy, i was started on jevity and it made me throw up with each can.  i had to be switched to boost.  i never put any blended food n my tube.  i didn't find this site until after my tx and i just never thot of food for my tube.  check out the superthread as it probably has suggestions on it.  good luck.

God bless,


Cowboys Wife.
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Thank you ...we just did a boost!


Laralyn's picture
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I used Compleat because it has more "natural" ingredients than most tube formulas. Here's some info on it: Compleat.

nick770's picture
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I'm glad you got boost to work. I also got sick on jevity so my wonderful wife dove in and started to juice and make me all sorts of organic concoctions..lol

i pretty much maintained my weight through my rads and recovery. 

http://www.foodfortubies.com/ is an option (they replaced lucys real foods). Your hubby needs the absoulute best butrion right now. stay away from any type of sugar/high fructose. 


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My husband used Nutren 1.5 which is higher in calories, glutene free, no milk in it.  He has no problems with it.  Other than it is a little thick and he has to add water to it before putting it in his feeding tube.  He has been on this on and off for over 3 years.  Right now he has been on it steady since May 2012 and has never had a problem with it.  He also used Kroger's brand of Ensure Plus and had no problems with it.  

There are people who blend their daily foods and put that thru their feeding tubes but you have to be very careful and make sure nothing can clog the feeding tube.  We were told not to do this, but I have read of many who do and use the Magic Bullet to blend their food and have no problem.  I know my husband has to very careful with his pills that he has to crushed and put into water to get down his feeding tube.  This is his second feeding tube and he says it is narrower than the first one he had.

Wishing you the best -- Sharon

TracyLynn72's picture
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My oncologist called Home Health and they delivered Nutren 2.0 right to my door.  I took 3-4 a day and was able to maintain my weight.  I had to hold the tube so that it went in a little bit slowly, but it never bothered me once I got the "speed" part right :)  Hope you can find something soon! 

nick770's picture
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If you use real food, use a sive  and double sive everything. 

Hondo's picture
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PEG man for life here, get yourself a Nutribullet and get your husband some real food that is what I do. Just make sure you blend it into a liquid, my wife uses vegetable broth and water when blending my food because I am a vegetarian.  

God Bless



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I had the same issue at first.  After speaking with the dietitian she suggested a feeding pump. It's covered by all insurance.  That way it's on a slow drip or flow.  It worked! Best of luck! 

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