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Tips for Splitting Pills

Sometimes it's necessary or less expensive to split pills to take the prescribed dosage. The May issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers these tips about splitting pills.

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26-Apr-02
Mayo Clinic

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- Sometimes it's necessary or less expensive to split pills to take the prescribed dosage. The May issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers these tips about splitting pills.

* Ask your physician or pharmacist how the pill is absorbed. If it's an extended-release or coated tablet, it may not do its job when split or it could be dangerous.

* Ask your physician or pharmacist about the pill shape and design. Some are scored for easy splitting, and some are very difficult to split. In addition, the active ingredient may not be spread evenly throughout the pill so you may not get an accurate dose with half a pill.

* Get the right tool for the job. Don't use a knife. Pill splitters that require only light pressure are available at your local drugstore for just a few dollars.

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