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Can I Cut Zyrtec In Half
Depends: Some Diphenhydramine comes in capsules and some in solid pills. You can cut the pills but the capsules will just squish, break open and spill the contents. If capsules are all you have, you can dissolve the contents in water and drink half or something we do with patients at times is to mix it with jello and have them eat the proper amount. ...Read more
Yes: It is important that the dosage be monitored by your physician. You should be certain that you have no liver problems, and be careful with driving, etc if new to the medication as they may cause drowsiness. Doses are often modified depending on sensitivity and effectiveness. Do not exceed the prescribed dose. ...Read more
Possibly: If you're using the regular immediate release ambien, (zolpidem) cutting a pill in half and using it is possible. It's not recommended with Ambien (zolpidem) cr (controlled release), though. Controlled release or xr medications have a special coating that allows them to be released over time, in different parts of your GI system. Cutting the pill breaks this coating, and then you no longer have "controlled release.". ...Read more
Maybe: You can, but be careful not to lose contents of capsule. Why would you want to do that? The capsules are small and if you have trouble swallowing them, see your doctor. ...Read more
I was prescribed a 10 mg white tablet of zolpidem. Can I cut it in half and take 5 mg to see how my body reacts?
No: No - certain tablets are designed for a "timed" release. By cutting the tablet, you are destroying the mechanism and would absorb all of the 5 mg at once: you probsbly wouldn't like the exacerbated side effects, and would be disappointed in its short duration of activity otherwise. ...Read more
I am traveling to paris and have a scopolamine patch - can I also take my klonopin (clonazepam) during the flight? It is .5 mg which i can split in half
Can i give my 7 y.O. Half a tablet of Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and half at night? We just got a dog, and by evening the allergies are back.
Went from 2 mg a day of Xanax (alprazolam) to 1 mg in a little over a month. I find it easier to split the tablet in half. Take one half in the morning and one early evening. I want to continue tapering down. How can I taper more with a 1mg tablet?
Xanax (alprazolam) taper: EricF ~ this all hinges on how long you have been taking xanax (alprazolam) 2mg and why. If it has been a short period and for minor social anxiety, then you can taper very fast, if at all. So the 1mg can immed go to 0.5mg and then 5-7 days later stop. The longer you have been on it the more fastidious the taper. From what you say I think you can taper quickly, but always discuss with treating physician ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Yes: That is fine. That is why the tablet is scored. Be well. ...Read more
Pharmacist: I believe you can, but the cutting has to be precisely in half as it's important to get the exact amount of a medication like levothyroxine. Your pharmacist can advise you on most of your questions about your medications and the proper way to take them, however. You could ask him/her if taking the full dose every other day would be effective instead of a half tablet daily. ...Read more
Took my Adderall this afternoon, tiny piece of Xanax at night.. All prescribed.. Can i take a half of my Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for my allergies?
Probably: Although the usual dose of zyrtec (cetirizine) for an adult is 10 mg daily, under the direction of a physician, some patients may need more. It would be important to discuss the dosing with your physician as another approach to treatment may be indicated. Avoid drinking alcohol and be aware that drowsiness may be more likely at higher doses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I accidentally took an expired (18 months ago!) Zyrtec pill. Should I take the correct (unexpired) one nowbad well or should I wait 24 hours?
Wait: Medication can lose it's effectiveness past expiration date, but I would not expect it to not be effective at all; especially if only 18 months expired. It will not be harmful at all that you took an expired zyrtec. It will probably still be almost as effective as it was prior to expiration, so I would just wait and take a new one at your normal time the next day. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Allergies and hives: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is a new generation antihistamine that is FDA approved for relieving the symptoms of :: Seasonal Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) from pollen in patients over 2 years old Perennial allergic rhinitis: year round allergies in patients over 6 months old Chronic Urticaria (hives) in those over 6 months old It has been shown to prevent itching and decrease size of mosquito bites! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes. But use caution: You may use both medications together (Assuming you dont take under similar meds). However, both these medications can cause confusion and drowsiness - taking the medications together increases these side effects. When taking the medication together for the first time, see how you respond and do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how you react to the combination. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does Zyrtec 10mg stay in system? And how long should should I wait before taking a Xanax (alprazolam)? HAlf of 0.25mg.
Zyrtec and Xanax (alprazolam): 1. No waiting is needed. No drug interactions. It is good idea to take Xanax (alprazolam) 1 hour before bed time. 2. Zyrtec is an antihistamine medication. The average elimination half-life is 8 hours. It takes approximately 6 half lives for a drug to be eliminated from your system. 8*6/24= 2 days. The Zyrtec will stay in your system for about 2 days. Hope it helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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