Many meds lose their potency when cut in half and become worthless. Is that true of Cialis or can a 20mg pill be cut in half leaving 2 x 10mg pills?
Can 20mg Cialis tablets be cut in half?
Question posted by 2ndaddress on 1 Oct 2009
Last updated on 10 September 2020 by AnonieMouse
Can Viagra and Levitra also be cut in half without becoming worthless?
Cialis tablets come in four different strengths and can be cut in half as they are not coated in any extended-release coating.
Cialis has been licensed to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections.
More recently, Cialis was also approved for the treatment of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
I split many of my pills to save money. If you’ve ever compared the price of different milligram pills, you know the drug companies are totally ripping you off for smaller dosages. Many times you can get twice the dosage for virtually the identical price.
Erectile dysfunction drugs are a good example of ways you can save lots of money by pill splitting. Although it’s not recommended, and I’m no doctor, I also take them with grapefruit juice. This allows me to take about half the dosage I normally would for the same result, saving even more money. (Grapefruit juice is a whole lot cheaper than Viagra and Cialis.) Again, I am not a doctor and I am not recommending that anyone do this. I am simply relating my own experience as food for thought.
Lastly, I always start small and work my way up slowly. I don’t like taking risks. But I do like saving money, and I know for a fact that drug companies are not our friends. So when it comes to ED drugs, I take only the generic. I don’t have the money to take the namebrand even if I wanted to.
Again – I am not a doctor and I am not giving medical advice or even suggestions. I am simply relating my own experiences with my own body.
Short answer yes you can split it.
I work at a Pharmaceuticals manufacturing Plant and I can only offer my experience as to how and why tablets are made the way they are.
First, all tablets are made to have a 100% homogeneous mixture. This means any sample taken from a tablet will have the exact consistency as any other sample taken from the tablet.
Second, some tablets are made with a coating on it for extended release. These should never be crushed or broken this is very dangerous because instead of getting the dose over an extended period you get the entire dose at once.
Third, some tablets have a score line on them so they can easily split into equal parts.
Conclusion: Cialis dose not have a coating on it so it is not time released and can be split. Cialis doesn't have a score line so it is hard to split into equal parts. All tablets are made to have a 100% homogeneous mixture, so if split into equal parts the have equal doses.
Is the Cialis tablet effective when you only take half a tablet
You may get 5 mg instead of 10?
I will say 10 mg each
I've been cutting my 5mg pills in half and have found they work fine. At the time I purchased tadalafil (generic Cialis) the 2.5 mg pills were not available, but now they are, and at a reasonable price, I have purchased 2.5mg for future.
I've cut many pills that weren't labeled to cut in half ... they are not scored could it be to make more money ?By cutting them you save but taking whole, you don't .
I'm am not a doctor yet but am in school to become one. If a pill is not scored to be cut (has little lines) then it should not be cut. When pills are made and pressed, they have a mix of chemicals in them some might not be as distributed as others. Thus, cutting a unscored pill might and most likely will diminish its potency. It's egg shaped for a reason. It won't harm you. It just may be lacking is all. It doesn't have an enteric coating so there's no time release.
My husbands doctor suggests splitting pills to save money says its ok
Yes, you can split a 20mg Cialis pill in half.
Cialis pill isn't coated with any extended release coating so it's okay.
- Cialis uses and safety info
- Cialis prescribing info & package insert (for Health Professionals)
- Side effects of Cialis (detailed)
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