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Q: CAN CRESTOR 20MG TABS BE CUT IN HALF TO GET A 10MG DAILY DOSE ?

I READ SOMEPLACE CUTTING THEM IN HALF WAS NOT RECCOMMENDED. V.A. GAVE THE 20MG & ADVISED TO CUT IN HALF , TO ACHIEVE A DAILY 10MG DOSE .IS THIS A STANDARD PRACTICE ?WHAT IS THE PROBLEM (IF ANY) SPLITTING THEM ?

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Jill, Health Pro
5/27/08 7:21pm

Hi Rich,

For medications, such as Crestor, that aren't scored (have a line indented in them) it isn't the best idea to try to cut them in half. This is because you are less likely to cut the tablet into 2 truely equal pieces. Crestor is available in a 10mg tablet. However, if you do want to cut your tablets in half, I would recommend doing so with a pill cutter. As long as you cut the tablet into approximately equal pieces, there really wouldn't be a problem with doing this on your own. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before cutting any medications in half; certain medications, such as extended release products, should never be cut in half.  

Thanks for your question!

Jill

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darlenehylton, Community Member
6/25/08 5:03pm

2(10)pt

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Penny Bell, Community Member
9/ 3/08 8:52am

I was given 10mg of crestor and told to cut them in half for 5 mg. Is that ok

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Bev, Community Member
1/12/10 4:05pm

I have difficulty swallowing pills. With most of my medications I either chew them up or crush them and take them with a little bit of applesauce. Is it okay to take crestor this way? 

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By RICH, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/09/14, First Published: 05/08/08