Talk:Pill splitting

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Yes, the pill splitter section needs a picture...

...and I'll add one when I get a Round Tuit, unless someone beats me to it. Dpbsmith 10:52, 6 June 2007 (EDT)

Odd shaped pills

The suspicious part of my mind wonders if that is why I am seeing more odd shaped pills. Specifically, my wife and I both take Hyzaar, but she takes a larger dose (I must be harder on her blood pressure than she is on mine :) These pills are kite shaped and would have to be split along the long axis to be even, which would be a tough proposition.Boomcoach 11:13, 6 June 2007 (EDT)

I've wondered, too, although marketing undoubtedly also plays a role. I read somewhere that Merck originally wanted to make Fosamax (anti-osteoporosis drug) in the shape of a little bone. I don't remember why they decided against it... I don't think it was technical, but that people associated the shape with dogs or something... they settled for an oval shape with a impressed outline of a bone in it or something.
A few hours ago I just tried Google site-searches of half-a-dozen major drug companies looking for their official pronouncements on pill-splitting, and was rather surprised to come up empty.
We give our dog, who has hip pain, a (rather expensive!) NSAIDs painkiller called Metacam. Since the dosage is on a weight basis, it is supplied as a liquid. Even though it's not injected, and it comes with a syringe, calibrated in pounds. For a thirty-pound dog, you fill it to the thirty mark, and so forth. Then you squirt it onto their food. Unfortunately our dog is a Newfoundland and weighs 110 pounds. No pill-splitting here! The bigger the dose, the more you pay. Dpbsmith 14:06, 6 June 2007 (EDT)