My son takes 72mg, and he was on 54mg, and we have some left. We only have 1 36mg left because the pharmacy shorted us 1 pill. To equal the 72mg, could I give him a 54mg, and half a 36mg to equal the 72mg for today? His dr appt is today, I just don't want him to be without his med until we see the dr.
No, do not cut Concerta in half. They are a time release pill and this could release too much medication at once. Just give him the 54 mg.
No! They are time released and it is not safe for your son for you to do that! It probably won't hurt your son to go without for this short period of time, but if I were you I would do what I do... before I leave the pharmacy with my or my son's medication I count the pills to make sure that the right amount is there... especially if the medication is a controlled substance.
Rule of thumb... unless there is a line on my medication, do not cut it in half. The line actually indicates the same amount of whatever medication on both sides.
Never cut time released medications in half! It will destroy the time release "mechanism" and could, probably will, create negative side effects.
- Concerta Information for Consumers
- Concerta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Concerta (detailed)
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