Can amitriptyline pill be cut in half?
Question posted by beckymcg on 14 July 2013
Last updated on 7 January 2022 by Deuce2022
From what I have read online you are not supposed to. I was prescribed 10mg as a start for severe pain so that I can just sleep at night.I was previously given a high dose of tramadol,but that knocked me out too much that I was fearful. After about a month my hallucinations were crazy. I decided to cut in in half because I was having the best sleep I have had In about 5 years. I thought OK what about cutting the 5mg will it still be effective? Now at 2.5mg I still get sleep but will see in 4-5 weeks if I need to stop it. Hopefully no hallucinations.
Why not take two 10mg tablets that will equal 20mg. Although not 12 1/2 mg or half a 25 mg tablet, at least it is closer than 25mg and these tablets are very inexpensive.
I do cut mine in quarters I asked my pharmacist because I need like you in-between 25mg. Good luck
Hi, i just wanted to add this in case you didn't know... Amitriptyline are available in the following strengths: 10, 25, 50, 75, 100 & 150mg. So if you need to take a lower strength tablet, you can ask your doctor to change your prescription
They are not scored for cutting but I have done it. They don't cut easily though and it is hard to get them to cut in half. You usually end up with pieces unless you have a actual pill cutter which still does not cut then in half.
With all the difference sizes available why would you want to cut it in half?
Make sure you take it with some food if you do try it.
No, it is coated with a film that causes it to be absorbed a little later on in digestion. If you cut it, that is taken away. It isn't scored because its not supposed to be cut.
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