With a view to save money on prescription drugs, some people split the pills into halves. If your health care provider, can double your normal dose and you break the pills, you may be in a position to get a 2-month requirement of medicine for the cost of one. Even though, this is a viable option, it will not be possible to break all medicines into half. Even, the Food and Drug Administration has issued cautions about the risk associated with such type of splitting of drugs. Now, here are some details about when this type of splitting becomes safe and when it is not.
Pills that can be split safely:
It is suggested that you should talk to your health care provider or pharmacist before you split up any drug. You can look for the following signs to find whether the pills are safe to split:
• If the splitting of a particular pill is allowed, it would have been specified in the package itself.
• As mentioned earlier, get approval from your doctor or pharmacist prior to splitting
• In general, scored pills are easier to split evenly. However, a score in the middle does not always make the tablet safe to break and so you can check with the pharmacist in this regard.
Pills not suitable for splitting:
If a tablet falls under any of these following categories, it is better not to break it:
• When the pill has hard outer coat, splitting will make it harder for swallowing and there are chances that there may be some modifications in the method your body grasps this kind of pill when it is halved.
• Some medicines are formulated for releasing medications slowly all through the day and when you break these pills, they may lose the capacity.
• Of course, as you might be aware capsules should never be broken as they contain powder or gel inside
• Some pills are too small to break
What could go wrong with pill splitting?
There are chances of the following potential problems when you break the pills into halves:
• There are chances that you may not get the accurate dose prescribed by your doctor per day
• When broken, some pills crush into powdered form and it will be difficult to break into equal half and so this may not provide your body the accurate level of medication needed as discussed in the above point.
• If your illness is causing shaky hands and weakness, you might not be in a position to break the pills into right equal parts and this might lead to complications.
• Before you split the pills, it is better to check with your health care provider as to whether it is half pill per dose or whether it is 1 or 2 pill per dose as both can be denoted as ½.
Points to remember when splitting:
When you are clear about the dosage and are opting for splitting, it is better to use a pill splitter, rather than doing it with your hands. Remember to wash your hands completely before breaking.