People seem to say absolutely not, but I wouldn't think this would mess up the time-release mechanism at all, since the time-release mechanism is based on the internal structure of the medication in the pill, not the coating of the pill itself. Has anyone actually had a PM admit that you can do this? If so, I'm surprised more people don't do it, given the cost-savings available.
I don't know how badly the time release feature is compromised by simple splitting. We usually assume it is totally compromised, and that the full half-dose is delivered at once. I don't think you could count on a split pill lasting the full 8-12 hours, but I don't know for sure.
Hi Mark: I have taken oxycontin for several years and it is a complete no-no to chew break or crush any LA (long-acting) opiate/opioid. It can cause the narcotic to release it's full "payload" into your system at once. This has caused many highly publicized over-doses recently. It has been said that some recent celebrity deaths have been the result of taking oxycontin in this way.
I hope this explains the "why" part a little. I am not a meds expert, by any means, but this is one area that I am very familiar with. I am sure any doctor would probably stop Rx'ing oxycontin immediately, to any patient that they found out was doing this.
I take Oxy as LA and also Oxy as BT.
On my BT (15 mg pill) it says: take one or 1 1/2 when needed.
So it means if I need 1 1/2 i have to split a pill???
Than what it means? I called my Pharmacist just to make sure.
She told me LA - never split
BT- no problem.
Good luck to all!
People are saying not to split the LA version, which should be oxycontin. Oxycodone which is what is used in oxycontin is the quick acting version that is used for BT pain. Look at you meds, one should say Oxycodone and the other Oxycontin.