Cutting Prilosec OTC pills in half.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 1/5/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
The box says not to do it. Any reason for this? Ive been taking 2 20mgs a day. And sometimes another half when it gets bad. What is the maximum safe dosage?

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 1/5/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The reason why you shouldn't cut Prilosec in half is because they are time released pill, and is meant to be release over time not at once. If u cut the pill you might get all the dose at once and my risk getting bad side effects.

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 22857
   Posted 1/6/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with outtlaw. Pills that have a coating have it for a reason - it's to protect you and to allow the med to work properly. I believe the safe dosage is only 2 a day and if you are still having troubles then you should contact your doc to see about being on something stronger. You can also supplement your PPI with another antacid such as Tums, Rolaids etc. I do that on occasion when my Prilosec isn't working.
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** ~Allergies - Allegra & Singulair
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~Fibromyalgia - '06~No meds
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE
"The quality of my life depends on the quality of my thoughts."


Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 1/9/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there notreason.

The above 2 answers are totally correct, and very useful!

Wishing you all the best!!!!
 GERD Forum Moderator
    Please share, only if you can spare! 
 Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 Clickable Link that may be of interest to I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, November 28, 2015 6:55 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,541,961 posts in 280,961 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 150121 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Tomms187.
245 Guest(s), 9 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Cactuar, JohnBa, Flip Flop, Faustmann, Lynnwood, Marauder93, atwoodt, Big Mac, pitmom

Follow on Facebook  Follow on Twitter  Follow on Pinterest  Follow on YouTube

©1996-2015 LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer