Talk:Bolus (medicine)

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Skin popping[edit]

"Subcutaneous injections are used by heroin addicts (called 'skin popping', referring to the bump formed by the bolus of heroin), to sustain a slow release that staves off withdrawal symptoms without producing euphoria."
I've been around a lot of heroin addicts, and I've never heard of anyone doing that... --Flopster2 09:43, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

It's reffed now - I'd heard of it in class, found it on a Seattle website. Perhaps it's a regional or North American thing? WLU 13:51, 27 October 2007 (UTC)


First, half of this article looks like a disambiguation page. Bolus, as it applies to medical pharmacology, is the street name for loading dose: to reach an optimum drug activity. I think they should be merged.

Agree : Merge. --Bobjgalindo (talk) 19:23, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

I disagree, as an RN and Student Nurse Anesthetist, I know that not all drugs are loaded as injections. Using Digoxin as an example, it may be loaded by both the tablet/capsule form, as well as injectible. The clinical usage of the word bolus, would not apply to taking P.O. meds--unless the meds were given in solution enterally (via NG tube). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ataraxiatwo (talkcontribs) 12:35, 29 January 2012 (UTC)

I believe Bolus could still be a subsection of the Loading Dose article, and therefore Agree on an article merger.--Chimino (talk) 01:14, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
I disagree, coming from an experienced pharmacist - they are not the same. You can give a regular dose by bolus - i.e. a quick IV push over a few seconds, or slow IV push over 3-5 mins. Whereas a loading dose can be given as a bolus, infusion or in oral form.
Loading dose is to get treatment to therapeutic level quickly. Bolus is to get a drug into the blood quickly. They are certainly not the same. I will remove the merge template, on both pages. Cheers Lethaniol 19:03, 26 September 2012 (UTC)