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Old Yesterday, 12:04 PM
 
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Not all tablets are scored so doing by hand likely wouldn't work. Also, you have to be careful - some tablets/pills are time release and if you cut them they don't work correctly. That's why you really need to consult your doctor or pharmacist.
I was only addressing the OP and his difficulty splitting the pill. He said the directions were to take 1/2 pill daily, so would assume it was the appropriate one to be split.
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Old Yesterday, 12:43 PM
 
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It's kind of crazy to be asking a bunch of strangers whether you should disregard your doctor's medical advice.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
That's what OP asked for, right or wrong.
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Old Yesterday, 09:53 PM
 
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I have a med that says I must take 1/2 a pill a day which requires splitting. Using a splitter a lot of time I end up with crumbs. I am taking the pill every other day. Wife says I'm off base here. Thoughts?
I use a nail cutter and that works well to split pills.
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Old Today, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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My bad - I knew the facts but picked the first thing that came up from a google search - here is something better:

https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/pa...s-weekly-daily

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That article offers good criticism of the practice. Also--They only followed 40 young (<55y/o) women for a measly 6 months, judging their state of health by lack of obvious symptoms and a TSH in therapeutic range.-- not a very sensitive method to look for problems.


Those docs who recommend alternating doses (for any drug) are treating the lab test, not the pt...Sometimes that is a necessary compromise intended to keep things as simple as possible--optimal for specific pts but not in general. The usual goal is to achieve as steady a blood level of drug as possible from hr to hr, day to day. (Don't bring up cortisone or insulin, Wise Guys. )
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Old Today, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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That article offers good criticism of the practice. Also--They only followed 40 young (<55y/o) women for a measly 6 months, judging their state of health by lack of obvious symptoms and a TSH in therapeutic range.-- not a very sensitive method to look for problems.


Those docs who recommend alternating doses (for any drug) are treating the lab test, not the pt...Sometimes that is a necessary compromise intended to keep things as simple as possible--optimal for specific pts but not in general. The usual goal is to achieve as steady a blood level of drug as possible from hr to hr, day to day. (Don't bring up cortisone or insulin, Wise Guys. )
Actually, in persons with "normal" thyroid function, hormone levels are circadian so to achieve a "steady" blood level shouldn't automatically be assumed to be optimal as it does not approximate "normal"...but we're running quite far afield as all this is specific to Synthroid.

No one ever said that splitting pills was the best solution for anything, but if adherence is an issue or there is not a pill dosage available in that fine an increment then splitting a pill might be a satisfactory option depending on what the medication is.
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