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Peptamen Enteral Tube Feed


Specialised enteral nutrition for adult patients with compromised or impaired gastrointestinal function

The Peptamen® family of semi-elemental formulas offer complete nutritional support and improved feeding tolerance for adults with special nutritional requirements. This includes patients with conditions such as malabsorption, diarrhoea, and feeding intolerance to standard enteral formulas, delayed gastric emptying, short-bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic insufficiency.

Enteral tube feeding intolerance* is estimated to affect 33–38% of adult patients, with clinical manifestations including nausea, vomiting or regurgitation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain or distention, or high residual gastric volumes.1–3

Peptamen®, Peptamen® AF, Peptamen® Vanilla and Peptamen® HN are all supported by clinical evidence. The Peptamen® range is the only family of 100% whey peptide formulas for the early years to adulthood.


Promotes feeding tolerance

Facilitates gastric emptying:

  • While casein-based feeds can precipitate in the stomach,4 whey-based formulas like Peptamen® remain liquid
  • Whey-based feeds reduce the frequency of vomiting and reflux by improving the rate of gastric emptying5

Optimises absorption:

  • Peptamen® is made with 50–70% of fat as medium-chain triglycerides, which may help improve digestion and absorption6
  • Peptamen® has low to moderate osmolarity, which may help reduce the risk of osmotic diarrhoea7,8

Enhances energy and protein delivery

  • While standard polymeric feeds can fail to optimally deliver the prescribed amount of protein,9 Peptamen® significantly increases protein and calorie provision by 14% and 12%, respectively, vs. standard polymeric feeds10

Designed to address feeding safety concerns

  • All products in the Peptamen® range have pH levels between 6 and 711
  • SmartFlexTM – recyclable, collapsible, semi-rigid enteral bottle, utilising an advanced sterilisation process, offers improvements in safety and handling


  1. Wang K et al. J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2017; 41(6): 959–967.
  2. Blaser AR et al. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2014; 58: 914–922.
  3. Reintam Blaser A et al. Clin Nutr 2015; 34(5): 956–961.
  4. Jahan-Mihan A et al. Nutrients 2011; 3(5): 574–603.
  5. Fried MD et al. J Pediatr 1992; 120: 569–572.
  6. Rolandelli RH et al. Lipids and enteral nutrition. In: Clinical Nutrition: Enteral and Tube Feeding. JL Rombeau, RH Rolandelli (eds). W.B. Saunders Company, 1997.
  7. Metheny NM. Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Nursing Considerations (5th ed). Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc. 2010; 179–189.
  8. Thomas B, Bishop J (eds). Clinical chemistry. In: Manual of Dietetic Practice (4th edn). Blackwell Science Ltd, 2007; 861–864.
  9. McClave SA et al. J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2016; 40(2): 159–211.
  10. Heyland D et al. Crit Care Med 2013; 41(12): 2743–2753.
  11. NHSc pH Product Analysis Report UK 2018.

Footnotes and abbreviations:
*There is currently no consensus definition of feeding intolerance.1,3