I was prescribed 10mg of Paxil last Friday (7 days ago). I've been struggling with the side effects and I can't stand it. I feel very restless at night and don't sleep very well and yesterday I had a really bad fit on nausea and feeling faint. Last night I decided to cut it in half (5mg) and I slept better, but im wondering if this is a bad idea to do? Do I need to take the other 5mg or can I stick with just taking 5mg per day, at least for a while and then move back up to 10mg? I'm desperate for something to help my panic disorder but I can't deal with the side effects being so severe.
Can I cut Paxil in half?
Question posted by kjautry11 on 29 Aug 2014
Last updated on 21 March 2021 by Kruege1
Yes I cut mine in half with a pill cutter. You can get one at your local pharmacy or try the dollar store! That’s where I found mine.
Best wishes to you.
Yes you can. Im on 40mg currently but my doctor has always said if its too much going from 30 to 40 then cut it in half and when your ready start taking the full pill. I personally have been taking mine at night before bed and ive been on this medication for 9 years. My doctor was the one who told me to take it at night since it could cause drowsiness and its just become a routine now.
I was given Paxil last Friday for the first time also. It is to replace the Wellbutrin that was not working for me at all after a month. I was told to start with half a pill (blue pill) and I will go check the mg. to see if it's the same. I would give my doctor a call first if you are feeling that wacked out. I had to just call mine for the same problem and I have been having muscle aches and spasms. She told me to call immediately if that was happening. I am waiting as of right now for the return call. My Paxil is 40 mg, therefore, I'm taking 20 mg per day. I don't know what she will tell me today on upping or lowering it. You should ask your doctor first because certain meds are timed released and can't be cut. If they say it's okay, just use a pill cutter, not a knife. Using the pill cutter will ensure that you are getting the exact half of the dosage.. Good luck and I hope things go well for you as I wish for myself also.
Any variation if dosage should be approved by the prescribing physician, also, many of today's pills are not designed to be cut, unless they are scored for this purpose, even then, the Doc should be the one to consult as this is a change of instructions.
Your first problem is you should take it in the morning. You really shouldn't cut it, it has a film tab coating and if you cut it it negates that effect. Try it in the morning and see what happens.
I tried to cut Paxil in half one time and it basically crumbled on me - maybe a pill cutter would do a better job.
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