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To Split or Not to Split?

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Sandy H. Yoo Why Pill Splitting? - Steadily rising cost of medications - Overwhelming cost-burden on the health-care system - Tablets of the same medication often cost roughly the same regardless of strength - Potential for huge savings up to 50% - Several studies have shown that pill-splitting is as safe and effective as taking a whole pill ================ PROS: - Save Money (potentially up to 50%) - Provide dosages unavailable from manufacturers (i.e. for pediatrics, elderly patients) - Flexible dosing schedules (i.e. intermediate dosing, titration) ================== CONS: - Tablet Structure: - - Certain formulations of tablets should not be split: - - - Enteric Coated, moisture-protective coatings, time-release & extended release - - Certain shapes, size, thickness, whether tablet is scored or not scored, may make a tablet difficult to split - Potential for high variability (i.e. drugs with a narrow therapeutic index) - Special Populations: elderly & disabled patients (i.e. dexterity, cognitive or visual impairment)1 - General patient confusion (i.e. split pills twice, forget to split pills, etc.) Legal Issues.....
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Frank Zen (1 год назад)
So if I take a 40% one day and 60% the next, does it REALLY matter?

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