A friend's doc told her that she could cut WB SR in half. I called my pharmacy & the pharmacist said that I could (even though the bottle says not to crush or chew). Today I spoke to a diff pharmacist at the same pharmacy & he said not to split the pill. Some posts say when an SR version is cut in half that it becomes Instant Release, but some say do not do it. This morning I did cut my pill in half & took it. I think that I will not do it again. I also took 10 mg Celexa. I don't understand why some docs & pharmacists say that the SR version can be cut in half. Thanks.
wanabe that is because on some timed release tablets they have a score kind of deep those you can break but if there is no line going acrossed the pill where it is meant to be broke it's okay but otherwise you never break a sr. or xl because it screws up the slow release system so no matter what anyone says if it does not have a breaking point in the middle of the pill it is not meant to be broken crushed dissolved or chewed period. if you want to take less just have the doctor order the regular type of Wellbutrin and take it at the time of day EVERY DAY about the same time so you can reach a blood level of it. Have a good Monday
I just looked at the pills there is no score on the timed release at all so no it is not to be broken but again if you want have the doctor order you the regular bupropion 75mg and you can take 1 or 2 tablets daily the 75mg last about 6 hours in system and see if you can get by with that if not take one in the morning when you get up and one at about 1 or 2 in the afternoon which well last until evening that would equal one of the SR 150MG but you can go on it slower and get through any side effects.
My psychiatrist said you can cut the Bupropion 150xl in half right before taking. You have to throw away the other half because oxygen will make it not as effective. I am currently coming off of bupropion this way. Half for two weeks then a half every other day for a week.
- Wellbutrin SR Information for Consumers
- Wellbutrin SR Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Wellbutrin SR (detailed)
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