Can I cut a Cipro tablet in half?
Ciprofloxacin - Can I cut a 500mg Cipro tablet in half so I can swallow it?
Question posted by marieal on 30 April 2020
Last updated on 29 April 2020 by masso
If they are not extended release (XL-XR-ER) and are not coated and are scored then yes otherwise no.
Also if they are sustained release (SR) and controlled release (CR) you can not split them in halves.
"Extended-release dosage consists of either sustained-release (SR) or controlled-release (CR) dosage. SR maintains drug release over a sustained period but not at a constant rate. CR maintains drug release over a sustained period at a nearly constant rate."
This means that if you split in half one of these pills, too much of the active ingredient will be released at once causing most likely potential side effects. I do not want to scare you at all, just giving you the proper information as for you to wean off your medication.
Since these pills are time released, I'm not sure they should be cut in half, or even crushed into a powder.
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