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5 FAQs About Pill Splitting: Your Complete Guide

5 FAQs About Pill Splitting: Your Complete Guide
Taikhum Sadiq

Pills were introduced earlier in the 20th century instead of tablets and capsules. They are smaller and compact, making them easier to carry around and consume. Pills contain specific doses of drugs and are widely used around the world today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pill Splitting

1. What are pill splitters?

Pill crushers or splitters are modern inventions that ease the tedious task of using half a pill or deciding on doses. Pill splitters use the most basic of technology and logic to create a marvel of a device for patients. This device has three compartments: a pill holder, a blade, and a storage compartment. Medicines like aspirins come with a section to divide into two. Prescription medicines are difficult to split.

2. Is it ok to split pills in half?

Splitting a pill is a common thing that many doctors prescribe to adjust the dosage or when the strength you require is not available in a single medicine. According to research by NIH, 24.1% of pills are split. That being said, pill splitting is not always safe. If you wish to break your medicines because swallowing large pills is difficult, consider talking to your doctor beforehand.

3. How is pill splitting helpful?

Many medications come in specific quantities; sometimes, your doctor might prescribe a lesser dosage. Here come the pill splitters. For example, if a pill comes only in a 50 gm dosage and your doctor recommends a 25 gm dosage, you can split it and use it accordingly. Breaking a small pill with the hand is rarely accurate; sometimes, you might crush it completely. To prevent this, you can use the splitter.

4. Can I save money by using Pill Splitters?

Surprising as it may seem, you can save a lot of money by using a pill splitter. Confused? Well, many pills are cheaper when in greater dosages; for example, a 20mg pill may be cheaper than a 10 mg one. Buying 20mg and splitting it can help you save money.

5. How to cut a pill in half?

The most reliable way to cut a pill in half is by using a pill cutter. Here are the common steps that you can use for splitting pills in half:

  1. Place the pill-splitter on a flat surface.
  2. Open the pill cutter and put the pill in the cutting compartment. Make sure it's centered and positioned correctly.
  3. Close the cap gently but firmly. The blade inside will split the pill evenly in two.
  4. Open the splitter and remove the two halves. You may need to tap it gently to release the pieces.
  5. Check both halves to ensure they are as equal as possible.

Pill Splitting Aids at HPFY

  • The Acu-Life Splitter or Crusher splits and crushes pills for easier consumption. It is a cost-effective, all-in-one medication management tool. Its handy, compact size makes it easily portable and convenient for out-of-home use. This splitter or crusher features a stainless steel blade in the lid or splitting pills.
  • The Tiger Medical Pill Crusher has a powerhouse crusher that turns even the hardest medicines into easy-to-consume powder. It conveniently handles several pills at once. One can easily use the powder with water or milk and make the drug easy to consume.
  • The Graham-Field Pill Crusher/Splitter helps in crushing pills and splitting them into smaller doses. It has a stainless steel edge to cut pills in half and has compartments for storing pills before or after crushing/splitting
  • The Medline Pill Crusher and Splitter combines both pill-crushing and pill-splitting functions in one unit. This is designed to be compact and easy to carry, allowing for convenient storage in a medicine cabinet or travel bag.

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Taikhum Sadiq has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2016.

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