Heart Disease Community
Can Metoprolol Tartrate be cut in half?
About This Community:

Join others with Heart Disease and get guidance and support. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Can Metoprolol Tartrate be cut in half?

Hello, my doctor is currently weaning me off the beta blocker Metoprolol tartrate and he told me told me to start by taking half in the morning and half at night so I just wanted to make sure that this medication can be cut in half.....?
Related Discussions
7 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar f tn
Yes its ok to cut it in half. It should have a little place on the pill where to cut it. If you want to be absolutely sure you can always ask your pharmacist.
Blank
976897 tn?1379171202
It would basically depend on the size of the pill. For example, cutting a 1.25mg pill in half and expecting 50% dosage from each would be very difficult indeed. For most pills you can purchase a pill cutter from your pharmacy.
Blank
63984 tn?1385441539
I was weaned off of a much more potent beta blocker (Coreg) by cutting it in half, then again in half.  I had no problem.  I used a pill cutter which did a good job of splitting the drug, but the cuts weren't perfect.  I think as long as you keep some of the drug in your system, you will be just fine.
Blank
976897 tn?1379171202
The worrying thing with dosages and cutting pills is that the majority of the pill is not the substance concerned (medication). It's a protective coating which ensures the drug for example endures the stomach. I have had several size pills of plavix but all are 75mg. The ones I currently have are over twice the size of the regular ones I receive due to the large amount of coating. So when cutting pills in half, do we assume the medication is always in the exact centre, is this definitely the case?
Blank
Avatar m tn
Ed,
My concern is not that we get the exact dose.. a little variation will not make any different. Particularly in pills that has "generics". The generics have a +- 20 % of bio availability compared with the original... and they consider that it does not makes a big difference.

However there are medications called "high sensitive" on which the generics are not allowed because the dose should be very precise, an example of them is the thyroxine.

My concern is that there are pills that have a coating to guarantee that they are absorbed in the intestine, if you brake them then they are absorbed in the stomach and the bio availability can be very different. If I am not wrong statins are in this class.

Jesus
Blank
Avatar n tn
how did you do getting off metoprolol tartrate and how long did you take it? thanks
Blank
63984 tn?1385441539
from what I've read, it can be cut in half safely.  In fact, it has has groove where they  give you a guide where to cut it, I just looked at my Metoprolol pills.  If your doctor suggests you split the dosage in half and take one segment in the AM and the other in the PM I'd procede with great confidence.  
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
Avatar f tn
Blank
achillea
CA
Avatar m tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Avatar m tn
Blank
tacolino
Ireland
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
caregiver222
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous commented on clean_in_ks's status
5 hrs ago
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous commented on dominosarah's status
Jun 26
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous commented on spider6's status
Jun 25
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
Avatar f tn
Blank
achillea
CA
Avatar m tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Avatar m tn
Blank
tacolino
Ireland
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
caregiver222