Cutting Prilosec OTC pills in half.

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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
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?

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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
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   Posted 1/9/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there notreason.

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

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