Saving Cents: Splitting pills to save money

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by By Sherry Williams / 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON-If you regularly take prescription drugs splitting pills could save you dollar bills, say experts.

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Take the anti-depressant Zoloft for example, if you need 50 milligrams you can save money using this method.

Experts say that if 50 milligram pills cost $100 and 100 milligram pills also cost $100, splitting the 100 milligram pills is like getting two pills for the price of one.

It's a way of Saving Cents that a lot of consumers haven't heard of before.

Pharmacists caution that you don't want to split the pills ahead of time.

"You split 'em one at a time and take each half of the tablet consecutive days so the product, the tablet stays intact," said pharmacist Cherry Vara.

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Vara said splitting the pills ahead of time might disintegrate into powder.

Records show that the number one pill consumers cut in two is Viagra. But pills like this can be tricky to cut because they have irregular shapes and are not scored down the middle. Cutting pills also does not work on time release medications.

Ask your pharmacist if pill-cutting is right for you. By the way, a pill cutter cost about $2.

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