Taking the correct dosage is always very important when you’re on a course of medication as prescribed by your physician. If the dosage specifications that came with your prescription indicate that your recommended daily dosage will involve splitting one of the pills then that’s something you have to do. Some types of pills can be split quite easily and are produced to be that way, while others are not suitable for splitting because they’ll crumble apart rather than split into two. Here we’re going to share a list of pills that are able to split, and the good news is that many of them are among the most frequently prescribed medications in America.
What we’ll do next after that is provide you with some information on making a DIY pill splitter so you can avoid having to cut your pills with a knife or a similar sharp-edged implement. For many people with dexterity or strength issues in their hands cutting pills this way can be dangerous. In addition to understanding the list of pills that can be split, learning how to make a DIY pill splitter may be very helpful for these people.
The easiest way to determine if a pill can be split is to see if the pill is scored along the top of it. What this means is that there will be an indented line along the top of the pill, and it allows the pill to be snapped in two using your fingers. If the pill is scored, you can know that it is designed to be split. If you lack strength in your fingers these types of pills will usually snap in two with some downward force applied with a table knife or something similar. It doesn’t need to be a sharp edge if the pill is scored. The good news is that many pills that patients will frequently need to split in half will often be scored to make it easy for you this way.
Splitting to Save
It should be mentioned as well that many people choose to split pills to save money on their medication, and not to follow dosage requirements.It is true that the cost of many medications can be reduced by as much as 50% when you split a high-dose tablet into two. The logic of it is quite simple; medications are usually available at lower per-pill cost when the pills are purchased in larger quantities.
If the person can get a prescription for a higher dosage tablet in a larger pill count then they may be able to split those pills in 2 and still be taking their directed dosage if it works out to be half of the dosage of the pills dispensed to them.
There is no definitive list of pills that can be split to make medication more affordable. It will depend on the type of medication, and whether or not it is commonly dispensed in a dosage strength where many people can take half of it and still receiving the dosage indicated by their physician.
However, it needs to be said that some pharmacists are strongly opposed to pill splitting. The reasons they feel this way is because of the risks of pill splitting:
• Possibility of an uneven dose –with some drugs the dose has to be so accurate that even the slightest and non-noticeable difference between the two halves could result in problems related to the condition you are treating with your medication
• Risk of crushed pills –some pills will have a portion of the pill crumble into a powder when a person tries to break them into two. Collecting the powder is not only a bother, but it also may make for an uneven dosage too and create the same risk indicated above
There’s also the risk that some people may become confused and end up taking the whole pill without splitting it, which would be as dangerous as the person would be taking a double dose of what they should be taking.
If you’re going to split pills to save money on medications, just make sure to be cautious about it and it is always a good idea to discuss your intentions with your pharmacist before going ahead and splitting pills.
List of Pills That Can Be Split
Here is our list of pills that can be split, but do note that we are only listing ones that are prescribed in large volumes across America:
• Cholesterol-lowering drugs like Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, and Zocor
• Antidepressants like Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Serzone, and Celexa
• Erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra
• Blood pressure-lowering medications like Accupril, Zestril, Diovan, Avapro, Tenormin, Norvasc
There are many more less well-known medications with pills that can be split into two, and again your pharmacist is your most reliable source of information on whether or not you can be splitting your medication using a pill cutter.However, we’d like to mention that a pill cutter can be purchased fairly inexpensively. Many of them are available for less than $10 and the simplicity of them and lack of moving parts means they usually last for many years before needing to be replaced. Have a look at one of our quality and affordably priced pill cutters right here.