my dr wants to slowlty take me off this drug and my RX said cutting it in half isnt recommended
Can tramadol 300 mg er be cut in half?
- 27 Apr 2012 by R189
- 28 April 2012
If it says you can't cut it, you can't cut it. Most time release meds are that way because of the coating. If you cut them, the inside of the pill is exposed and you can absorb it all at once, not over 24 hrs as intended. Sorry, doc is going to have to order smaller pills.
No, never cut them as they're supposed to be taken once a day and it will release to quickly which can cause and overdose. Most, not all drugs that can be cut in half will have a line on the halfway mark.
So don't. Cutting it will release all the medication at once and cause you problems. This is not the way to get off a med. It needs to be a gradual process over an extended period of time and your Dr should not only know this, but know how to do it as well. Hope this helps.
Hi, just wanted to add that you can get 200mg & 100mg extended release tablets to ask your doctor to prescribe these instead : )
I thought I answered this yesterday, but it's not showing at all. the others are correct, you can't cut in in half at all. I will give you a link to read about this drug. Please read it in it's entirety. It will give you a better idea of NOT stopping it all together, but with a taper. You may have to go to the IR or instant release kind to reduce your dosage slowly, or as Delila said go to a different strength of the ER type. Stopping suddenly can cause seizures too, so be sure to read this link I am providing below... Mary
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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