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Can I cut a 20mg lisinopril in half to be used as a 10 mg

I have 2 bottles of 20mg lisinopril but I need to take a 10mg lisinopril once a day.. can I cut this 20 mg in half to get the results of a 10mg?

 

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Many medications are safe to split. Because of this insurance companies and doctors are increasing prescribing higher dose scored tablets as a cost savings for patients. <?xml:namespace prefix = o /><o:p></o:p>

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Yet, some medications are compromised when they are split and this should not be done. For example, capsules or tablets without a score or pills with an exterior coating shouldn’t be split. Splitting these medications could result in uneven doses of  treatment and can causes harm, under-treatment or inadvertent overdose of medications. <o:p></o:p>

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I don't see why not. I wouldn't recommend taking less than the doctor perscribed though. If it's a tablet then use a pill cutter or a thin knife to cut it in half. If it's a capsule or something else, I don't think it can be cut in half. Hope this helps!

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