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Re: Wellbutrin SR... can I cut up my pills?yes+no

Posted by JohnL on March 3, 2001, at 3:24:39

In reply to Re: Wellbutrin SR... can I cut up my pills?yes+no JohnL, posted by terra miller on March 2, 2001, at 20:45:36

> John,
>
> My pdoc today told me to cut up my 100mg pills. I'm finding this humorous and annoying all at the same time. It's his way of saving me money since the 100mg are samples and the 75mg he'd have to write a prescription for. Is it really true that the SR version will cease to be SR once cut? What does that mean since I'm beginning to feel a little like russian-roulette time.
>
> It seems being at 100mg taken twice a day has reset my body's thermostat to 97.6 from 98.6 and I need to dose back so I don't freeze. Pdoc says it's a very rare side-effect.
>
> Terra

Hi Terra,
I don't know for sure about whether cutting the tabs affects the sustained release or not. Whether it does or not though I think makes little difference. In clinical trials the differences were insignificant when once daily dosing was compared to SR dosing or multiple dosing. The SR version is more of a convenience thing. I wouldn't be concerned about it. I think you are doing the right thing. I do admit that after a while it does become a pain in the butt to have to cut a pill everyday. But it is a good way to save money on prescription costs. It's just not as convenient.
John


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