Can you cut pills in half?

It’s very common for a person’s prescription to indicate that they should take half of what a full pill delivers for dosage. This typically occurs when the medication is only dispensed in a certain dose, and your physician recommends a dose between standard prescribed amounts. If, for example, your medication is dispensed as 50mg tablets but the prescription written by your physician indicates that you need to take a 25mg dose each time. If the medication is available in a 25mg dose then you’ll be set, but if it’s only dispensed as 50mg tablets you then may be wondering if you can you cut the pills in half?

The answer is that yes, you can cut pills in half and in fact doing so is quite common. Medications that are frequently prescribed with half-dosage guidelines will often be ‘scored’. This means is that the pills will have a line across the top of them that makes it easier to snap the pill in two. If you don’t have the strength in your fingers to do that then a scored pill is also easier to cut through along the line. Cutting a scored pill in half is easier, but that doesn’t mean that non-scored pills can’t be split. Can you cut pills in half if they’re not scored? Yes, you can although it will require more pressure to be applied when cutting the pill.

So if your pharmacy dispenses your medication with pills in double the dosage strength you need then you don’t have to be concerned. You can split your pills into two, but what’s the best way of doing that?

So if your pharmacy dispenses your medication in a pill form that is double the recommended dosage you don’t have to be concerned. You can split your pills in two, but what’s the best way of doing that?

Smart Choice: A Pill Cutter

The most important piece of information we can share with you is that you should avoid cutting pills in two using a knife. While this is an effective way of cutting pills, it’s most certainly not a safe way to cut pills in half. Even if you do place them on a cutting board on a flat and stable surface, there is still the risk of cutting or injuring yourself. While it is true that scored pills can be cut more easily when the knife edge is against the scoring line on the pill, it’s still not a good idea.

Instead, it’s better to use a pill cutter to cut pills in two. These small tools are simple to use and all you need to do is push down on the lid of the cutter. The blade attached the bottom of it will split your pill cleanly in two, and when the lid comes back up all you need to do is reach in and remove two evenly sized halves of the pill.

Can you cut pills in half? You certainly can, and there’s no better way to split pills than by using a pill cutter.