Pill splitting can be an easy way to save money. For certain medications you may be able to essentially buy two doses of medicine for the price of one. Research shows that a wide variety of drugs can be split safely, as long as it’s done carefully. Knowing the best pill splitting practices can help maximize your savings.
How to build the best pill cutter strategy for you.
ALWAYS discuss pill cutting with your doctor or pharmacist, before starting. It is best to use a pill cutter, like the ones found here, to split your pill’s dosage.
Common pill cutting practice is to divide them in half, instead of quarters. Talk to your physician though, because you may be able to cut the medication into quarters. It is best to use a pill cutter, instead of a kitchen knife, so you can get a more precise cut and avoid the dangers of free hand cutting.
What type of savings are we talking about?
Let's use a 30-day prescription of 40mg Lipitor. The first thing you will want to do is make sure you are getting the generic version, which is called Atorvastatin Calcium. By simply switching to the generic, you can save a significant amount of money. In this example, you go from paying $256.90 for Lipitor to $9.51 for a 30-day supply of 40mg Atorvastatin. That’s a savings of $2,968.68 a year!
Many people know you should always fill the generic first though. So let’s take the savings a step further. If a doctor has cleared you for getting the medication’s higher dose, then you can start cutting pills to save money.(Find the best price for you prescriptions using the Good Neighbor Rx mobile app. Simply click the link below!)
One of the best pill cutter examples is for 30-days of 40mg Atorvastatin Calcium (Lipitor). As we said before, you can get 30 days of it for $9.51. So say you got a 90-day prescription of 80mg Atorvastatin Calcium from your doctor. If you cut those pills in half, you would be able to get 180 days worth of the same medication for only $24.48. That’s about 14 cents a pill, per 40mg dose, compared to the 32 cents a dose you’d be paying having not split the pill and had gone with only a 30-day supply.
Pill costs for Lipitor/Atorvastatin Calcium, per 30-day supply:
Is pill splitting right for you and your medication?
Below is a list of pills that can usually be split. If your medication is the list, consider talking to your doctor or pharmacist about pill splitting to lower your prescription costs.
Pill cutting works by getting a higher dose of a medication and cutting it in halves or quarters to reach your dosage. This practice is an easy way to literally cut your Rx costs in half.
Here is a list of pills that can usually be cut
Can you cut any pill?
Not all pills can be cut, which is why you should always talk to your physician or pharmacist before doing anything related to modifying prescription drug treatment.�
Here is a list of pills that cannot be cut.
Know this before you start cutting pills.
Not all prescription drugs can be cut into lower doses. Be sure to discuss pill cutting with your doctor, before using this cost-saving practice. If you get the go-ahead, this could be a great way to lower your Rx spending even more.