These pills are large and hard to swallow. It would be easier to cut them in half and take half at a time however have been told some cannot be cut due to losing their strength. I don't understand this concept, but would like to verify.
They can't be crushed or cut. I've never heard that they can loose their strength. Some meds have a special coating so they don't dissolve until later on in your gi tract, and cutting them would hinder that. Some can't be cut because they are time release and if you cut them you get it all at once (this can lead to od). Some can't be cut because the coating keeps them from harming your stomach.
I first want to thank OL MARINE for asking the question, KAISMAMA for giving such an easy-to-understand general answer, and especially to OL MARINE'S VA PHARMACY for giving me an answer that I have been looking my brains out for! I don't cut some of my Colestipol tablets in half for the same reason OL MARINE wants to. On some of my especially bad "bile acid diarrhea days," I have to use Colestipol, Imodium AND an anti-spasmotic as my "ammunition" in trying to get my innards back into some kind of order! And the next morning, and for a couple of more mornings, I like to take 1/2 tablet extra of the Colestipol to maybe give the new day a better chance of being diarrhea free. But, until NOW, I haven't been able to find a STRAIGHT ANSWER as to whether or not it is ok to sometimes do that. I was taking the chance and doing it anyway without knowing, but I big time DID want to know. Thanks to the postings I found here, now, at long-long last, I FINALLY have my answer! Thank you! thankyouthankyouthankyou THANK YOU! An ol gal like me, with the kind of "plumbing" problems that often arise in my gut-works, just doesn't need any pill-taking-STRESS to tag along for the ride. Ya know? Whew.
- Colestipol Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Colestipol (detailed)
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