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Splitting Viagra? Here Are Some Do’s and Don’ts

Savvy consumers often can save money by splitting higher dosage Viagra capsules to yield two doses of the appropriate strength. But it’s advisable to follow certain guidelines to avoid possible problems and also to remember that not all medications can be split. [Español]

People split pills for different reasons. Some cut pills in half to make them easier to swallow, while many do it to save money: it’s often a better value to buy higher-dosage pills and split them in half.

While a prescription for a 100 mg pill of a particular drug may cost $10, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay $20 for a prescription for the 200 mg pill. In fact, the 200 mg version may cost the same price or only slightly more than its 100 mg counterpart. By cutting the 200 mg pill in half, you’ll get twice as many doses for the same price as the 100 mg.

As consumer advocates explain, savvy consumers can save money and maximize their healthcare dollars by splitting ED medication. Just remember to follow the important guidelines below.

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Can Any Pill Be Split?

No. Some pills should never be split. Do not split pills if they:

  • Have a hard, outer coating. Cutting the coating can change the way your body absorbs the medicine.
  • Have extended release features. Pills that are designed to give you medication throughout the day can lose this ability if cut in half.
  • Are in capsule form. Because this kind of pill contains powder or gel, they will leak if cut and you will lose some of the medication.
  • Are very small or have an uneven shape. These types of pills are simply too difficult to split.
  • Crumble easily. Some drugs easily turn to powder, making both the splitting and the taking of them more difficult.

Splitting pills inappropriately can mean the possibility of an uneven dose and more difficulty in taking the drug.

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Is It Safe to Split Viagra?

Yes! The good news is that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) pills like Viagra are commonly split, and this can be done safely and easily with a good splitter (you’ll get a free pill splitter with your first order here at eDrugstore.com).

Viagra (and its generic equivalent, sildenafil) is often prescribed in dosages of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. This means that it may be more cost effective for you to receive a prescription for a higher dosage, such as 100 mg and split it in half to take 50 mg. Your doctor will make a recommendation of Viagra or sildenafil dosage, taking into account:

  • Your age
  • Any medical conditions that you may have
  • Other medications that you may be taking

Once your doctor has recommended a dosage, you should feel empowered to split your Viagra prescription, if you follow these do’s and don’ts:

DO:

Get your doctor to OK the idea. Your doctor may have specific reasons to warn you about splitting pills. If you have problems with memory, poor eyesight or hand tremors, for example, your doctor may advise against it.

Get a good splitter. In order to create two pieces of pill that are similar in size and dosage, don’t use a knife or scissors to cut your Viagra. Instead, buy a pill cutter at your local pharmacy or visit eDrugstore.com to order your medication and receive a free, quality splitter with your first order. A good splitter has:

  • A safety cover to avoid cutting yourself when you push down to cut the pill
  • A V-shaped pill grip to hold the pill in place
  • Rubber-coated wings to more securely hold the pill

Keep your pill splitter clean. Always wash your hands before handling your medication, and wash the pill splitter thoroughly after use. This will reduce cross-contamination and expose you to fewer harmful germs.

Split pills one at a time. Some medication can deteriorate when exposed to the air or moisture, reducing its effectiveness. Splitting one at a time will help keep the drug fresh.

DON’T

Use a knife to split your pills. Using a knife or scissors to cut your pill in half runs the risk of ending up with two pills of unequal dosage, while losing a substantial amount of medicine in the process. Experts have found that 30 percent of pills split using knives deviated from the recommended dosages. Only use a quality pill splitter like the free one provided by eDrugstore.com, which will divide the pill correctly and allow for an even cut.

Split pills to extend a prescription. While pill splitting can work to save money, never try to make your medication “last” or “stretch” by splitting into dosages less than what your doctor prescribed. Make sure you are taking the correct dosage.

Split pills into smaller pieces than halves. Trying to split a pill into thirds or fourths increases the chance of crumbling and heightens the possibility that you will not receive the correct dosage of your medication. It is essentialwith a medication like Viagra that you not use more of it than recommended by your doctor.

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Save Money and Get a Free Pill Splitter

At eDrugstore.com, you can schedule a free online consultation with a doctor or pharmacist, and receive a free pill splitter with your prescription!

Buying your Viagra from eDrugstore.com can save you time and money. We are the leader in telehealth and online pharmacy. We sell both brand-name Viagra and sildenafil citrate, its generic equivalent. Our U.S. based doctors and pharmacists are ready to discuss Viagra and sildenafil with you and find the best medical plan to help you and your sexual health.

To learn more about all the ED medications and other prescription and over-the-counter medications available from eDrugstore, pay a visit to our Erectile Dysfunction page and see how to save!

 

Elizabeth Nichols is an experienced and flexible author with extensive experience in both popular media and academic publishing. She specializes in health, medical and travel writing.