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What happens when you cut a time release pill in half and take

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What happens when you cut a time release pill in half and take only half?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 years ago.
Are you using pill cutter ?

Can you please tell me the name of the medication ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Knife used to cut medication Ritalin extended release

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 years ago.
Dear Jacustomer ,

Answer to your question - If you cut the pill into two equal halves ,it will most likely work for same amount of time but will be half the dosage .

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Pharmacest say not to cut time released medicines. I do not agree with your answer. I don't want any more of your time thank you
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 years ago.
No problems ,

We do not recommend to cut the pills but you asked me what will happen if you cut them , thats what I answered .

Happy Holidays .

Regards .
Expert:  Family Physician replied 4 years ago.
I would have to respectfully XXXXX XXXXX the other expert. With most extended release tablets, cutting, crushing or otherwise tampering with the tablet will result in a different rate of absorption - changing the medication from a time-release to a more immediate release mechanism.

YOU SHOULD NEVER CUT A MEDICATION UNLESS IT IS SCORED AND YOUR PHYSICIAN/PHARMACIST HAVE ADVISED YOU TO DO THIS.
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