Lifewatch: Splitting Pills

TAMPA -- Sometimes people can't always pay for prescription medication that is necessary, so they have found a way to save some money by splitting pills.

The concept isn't new, but it is becoming more common as people cut corners to save money.

It can be a good way to save some of the green, as long as you know what you're doing.

When you're paying out of pocket, splitting the right pills can save you money.

Doctors can prescribe double the strength of what you normally take.  Then, by using a pill splitter, you can cut the dose in half.

A single Viagra pill can cost $15 or more.  So, if you take a 50 milligram prescription you can ask your doctor to write the prescription for 100 milligrams and then cut the pill in half.

No matter how many milligrams, some cholesterol pills, like Lipitor, cost the same.  Double the strength and then split the pill and it's 50% off.

It also works for some antidepressants and blood pressure medications.

But, splitting the wrong pill can land you in the ICU, because it is dangerous to split most time released pills like Oxycontin for pain or Metformin for diabetes.

Before you split pills be sure to ask your doctor and pharmacist for help.  Make sure the pills you take are okay to split, because it could be the difference between life and death.

Reported by Kristy Ondo