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What problems can you have with split pills?

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  • For some drugs, the dose has to be so accurate even a small difference in two halves of a split pill could put your health at risk.
  • Some pills easily crumble into powder, which will make it very difficult to get two equal doses.
  • Your doctor may write "1/2 pill" and your pharmacist may see "1-2 pills."
  • If you forget to split pills before taking them, you’ll get twice as much medicine as you should.
  • If your hands are weak or unsteady, or if your vision is poor, it will be tough to split pills cleanly by yourself.

From: Guide to Pill Splitting WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:                                                                                                                               

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy: "Professional Practice Advisory on Tablet Splitting."

FDA: "Consumer Updates -- Tablet Splitting: A Risky Practice."

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists: "Tablet Splitting for Cost Containment."

Grissinger M. February 2010. Pharmacy and Therapeutics,

American Medical News: "Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions."

Consumer Reports: "Pill Splitting."

Premera Blue Cross: "Save on Copays with Tablet Splitting Program."

UnitedHealthcare Half Tablet Program.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 09, 2018

SOURCES:                                                                                                                               

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy: "Professional Practice Advisory on Tablet Splitting."

FDA: "Consumer Updates -- Tablet Splitting: A Risky Practice."

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists: "Tablet Splitting for Cost Containment."

Grissinger M. February 2010. Pharmacy and Therapeutics,

American Medical News: "Cost vs. compliance: Physicians encouraged to discuss prescriptions."

Consumer Reports: "Pill Splitting."

Premera Blue Cross: "Save on Copays with Tablet Splitting Program."

UnitedHealthcare Half Tablet Program.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 09, 2018

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