Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 139073

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LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???

Posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 7:33:19

Funny thing happened recently. My Doc phoned in the prescription for my Lex and it was a 20mg dose instead of a 10mg. I didn't notice until I got home. Normally (Ha-what ever that is;) I would call and ask for a new script of correct dose. However it was a Friday evening and I wouldn't be able to talk to him until Monday... two days too long without Lexapro. I don't want to go back to that place I was at w/ the Panic and Anxiety... So I took a 20mg and was layed out pretty heavily... felt just like 1st day on Lexapro... not a good feeling. So since, I've been cutting it in half (sort of; I'll explain.) I wasn't sure if anyone else had tried this, and today I saw that there are a bunch of us trying to conserve our $$$. 10mg works fine for me, and would rather not have to adjust to 20mg, however, I'm having a hell of a time cutting the tablet in half. I know this sounds a bit cheap or seedy, but does anybody have any "tips" on how to most effectively get a tablet to break in half. I've been having problems getting even pieces, and do not want to waste my time and $$$.

mike

 

Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???

Posted by Bill L on February 3, 2003, at 8:42:15

In reply to LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???, posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 7:33:19

Mike, like many other prescription drugs, Lexapro costs about the same regardless of the dose. A 20 mg pill and a 10 mg pill of Lexapro cost the same. So you can save a lot of money by cutting.

I have lots of pill cutting experience. Some pills, such as Celexa, are made to be easily broken in 2 equal parts by hand. But Lexapro has to be cut in half. One way is to use a pill cutter from the drug store. But they are not very accurate with small pills such as Lexapro.

The easiest and most accurate method is to use a razor blade knife. Put the pill on a flat surface such as the back of a glass plate or plastic plate. Then cut the Lexapro in half along the pill's perforation. Do not cut at an angle. Cut straight down.

 

Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???

Posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 9:00:46

In reply to Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???, posted by Bill L on February 3, 2003, at 8:42:15

> Mike, like many other prescription drugs, Lexapro costs about the same regardless of the dose. A 20 mg pill and a 10 mg pill of Lexapro cost the same. So you can save a lot of money by cutting.
>
> I have lots of pill cutting experience. Some pills, such as Celexa, are made to be easily broken in 2 equal parts by hand. But Lexapro has to be cut in half. One way is to use a pill cutter from the drug store. But they are not very accurate with small pills such as Lexapro.
>
> The easiest and most accurate method is to use a razor blade knife. Put the pill on a flat surface such as the back of a glass plate or plastic plate. Then cut the Lexapro in half along the pill's perforation. Do not cut at an angle. Cut straight down.

Thank you Bill... will give it a go.

 

Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ??? mikal

Posted by JaneB on February 3, 2003, at 10:47:32

In reply to LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???, posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 7:33:19

Mike,
I split mine all the time. Sometimes I even split the 20mg into 5mg. I bought a pill splitter from the grocery store pharmacy or K-Mart and it has worked great for years. It holds the tablet in place very well and gives a clean cut. Of course, that means another trip to the store but it is worth the investment (a couple dollars.)
JaneB

 

Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???

Posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 10:59:19

In reply to Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ??? mikal, posted by JaneB on February 3, 2003, at 10:47:32

Thanks Jane... all the help is greatly appreciated.

 

Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???

Posted by Jinx on February 3, 2003, at 19:29:55

In reply to Re: LEXAPRO - 20mg - half of tablet ???, posted by mikal on February 3, 2003, at 10:59:19

Pill splitter always works pretty good. Not always perfectly accurate, but good enough. Good Luck!


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