If you take prescription drugs regularly for a chronic condition, you may have heard that pill-splitting is one way for you to save on your prescription drug costs is to split your pills. But what is pill-splitting, how can you save money splitting pills, and how can you split pills safely?
Pill-splitting is the practice of splitting one higher-dosage pill into two appropriate smaller-dosage pills to take, such as splitting one 20 mg pill into two 10 mg pills. Pill-splitting can be a useful way for many people to save money because the costs of higher dosage pills are often not significantly more than the co-payments for their smaller-dosage counterparts.
Say, for example, you regularly take 10 mg pills with a co-payment of $100 for a monthly supply. The same number of 20 mg pills may cost you the same co-payment of $120, so if you are able to split each of those 20 mg pills into two 10 mg pills, you may be able to save $40 a month on your pills.
However, before you start butchering a bunch of prescription drug pills, here are some things to keep in mind about pill-splitting:
• Make sure That Your Medication Comes in a Form Can Be Split Safely. Not all medication can be split safely, so talk to your doctor and pharmacist before you try splitting your pills. Some examples of medications that are not appropriate for pill-splitting includes: capsules, time-release medications, medications that are coated for your stomach, and medications that require an exact dosage.
• Use a Pill-Splitter to Split Your Pills. Don’t try using a razor or knife to split your pills. To ensure that you get an accurate split, buy a pill-splitter and ask your pharmacist to show you how to use it. Any drug-store should carry pill-splitters and have them in stock.
• Split Pills One at a Time and Take the Pieces on Consecutive Days. If you split your pills one-by-one and take the pieces on consecutive days, you will be able to ensure that even if you are not the most accurate pill-splitter, you will still be taking an accurate dosage every two days.
• If You Suffer from a Condition that Could Impair Your Ability to Split Pills Safely, As a Friend or Family Member to Help. If you suffer from a condition such as poor eyesight, arthritis, tremors, or any other condition that could impair your ability to split your pills safely, make sure to ask a friend of family member to help.
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