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    Default Splitting ED med tabs.

    Was reading through some older threads and noted that buried in one was a brief mention of splitting tabs.

    A personal friend (real life, not like the friendly blonde Candi who haunts my dreams), actually started doing this and mentioned it to me.

    I mentioned it to someone I e-mail with, so three of us have been doing this with 20mg tadalafil.

    All of us use generic tadalafil "hard" tablets. Two of us from Vipro, the third is made by Cipla. All of us have no problem with the splitting.

    BUT, you have to buy a pill splitter from a local pharmacy, discount store -- heck I don't care where you buy it from -- if your local tire store also sells pill splitters, so be it! There are several different types. The cheapies are around $3 USD and the more expensive a buck or two more. I'd suggest you go for the more expensive.

    If you are doing tadalafil, some of the splitters seem made for the oval-shaped tabs -- they have sort of a triangle-shaped cutting area with a V-shaped holder, which makes cutting the tadalafil easier.

    I first tried to save the few bucks on a pill splitter and tried doing this with a knife on the kitchen cutting board. Made a big mess. I mean the tab crumbled so bad, I thought "hey, I might as well try to snort this (just joking, don't try snorting it).

    Anyway, the 20 mg tadalafil supposedly last 36 hours. And they do. But I find if I split them in half -- about a 10mg. dose -- it lasts me at least 24 hours.

    When I say 36 or 24 hours, that means I am good for multiple "sessions" during that time.

    The friend who gave me the original idea did it because 20 mg gives him horrible headaches. If he does 10 mg and drinks a fair amount of water, he has no problems.

    Anyway, 10 mg works great and doubles your supply. You all might want to give it a try, all it will cost you is a few dollars for a pill splitter.

    Oh, guess I should mention, I can be a paranoid sort, so, as most of you know, you take the darn pills and you DON'T feel anything until something gets you going.

    So, even though I've been taking these things for more than a year, sometimes I get a bit concerned and even though I know better, I often will pop the second half of the pill 30 minutes later, since I don't feel anything and am afraid of not "being ready." I'm working on curbing my paranoid thoughts.



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    Splitting tabs, I have been using this unconventional technique for years with perfect results.

    Most "pill splitters" force a blade through a pill which can crumble or crush it.

    I use a small wire cutters, Google "Xcelite 170M 5" Shearcutter Micro Series" (sorry, the forum would not let me insert a picture yet). The emphasis here is SMALL, do not use a bolts cutter or a heavy duty wire cutter. This type of wire cutters is used on electronic circuit boards. They have very sharp and narrow jaws which are spring loaded.

    The advantage of using my method is that you apply equal cutting pressure on both sides of the pill and you can cut it very precisely even in quarters without any problem. Basically, it is the difference between "splitting" and "cutting".

    If you never used small pliers like this it may take you a while to get used to them, "practice makes perfect". You can buy these cutters for about $5-$6 on Amazon.

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    Thanks for the tip on the cutters. I could actually, probably, use these out in my shop, also...although, maybe not...but then again if all I cut were "clean" things like wires.

    The pill cutter I have was $4.99 and is basically heavy-duty plastic with a straight-edge razor wedged in the lid. It works, but there is a bit of crumbling, but not enough to worry about.

    I store the "halfs" in plain old "sandwich bags." I have a pretty good local electronics shop and their prices are really good. I may see what they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upsss View Post
    Splitting tabs, I have been using this unconventional technique for years with perfect results. ....
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    Wow, upsss, thanks for a good tip. I'm definitely going to try this. Small pills are very difficult to cut into quarters with my current pill splitter.

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    As Magician said, and I neglected to mention in my long ramble, the real advantage of the pliers mentioned would be to cut in quarters.

    I've considered trying 5 mg of tadalafil a day, but don't want to put out the extra bucks for the smaller dosage. And I know I would royally screw-up trying to split the 1/2 of the 20mg tab into a 5mg dose.

    Yep, going to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    ....the real advantage of the pliers mentioned would be to cut in quarters. I've considered trying 5 mg of tadalafil a day, but don't want to put out the extra bucks for the smaller dosage. And I know I would royally screw-up trying to split the 1/2 of the 20mg tab into a 5mg dose.
    If you think quartering a tadalafil is rough, imagine quartering this vardenafil!
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    Last edited by Magician; 03-07-2011 at 09:11 PM.

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    If anyone is going to look for these cutters locally, they are called "Flush Cutters". They will beat a plastic pill splitter any day and they will last forever.

    As I said, you should not have any problems cutting any pills in quarters, I have done it many times! You may need a little practice, I would practice on an Aspirin pills. The key is to hold the pill exactly where you want to cut it.

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  9. I bought myself a pill cutter from the drug store. I have tried just about every method to cut pills and the pill cuter always you to get a nice symetrical cut along the score mark.
    feeling good

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    Quote Originally Posted by makaveli25 View Post
    I bought myself a pill cutter from the drug store. I have tried just about every method to cut pills and the pill cuter always you to get a nice symetrical cut along the score mark.
    Splitting pills where there is a score mark is no big deal. You can practically split these pills with your fingers. The trick is splitting pills without a score marks and cutting them into smaller parts than a simple half.

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    Hey, maybe that's what Pfizer plans to do. Put score marks on the hard tabs and introduce soft tabs next year.

    Poof -- Patent good for another -- what -- 15 years! LOL

  12. I've bought 100mg viagra tabs and split them into 4 no problem. Just make sure you cut the pills fast and you should always get a clean, even cut.



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