Can Benicar be cut in half? 

Can Benicar be cut in half? 

Benicar (Olmesartan) is not generally recommended to be cut in half because of the possibility of uneven dose distribution among the two halves of the tablet. However, you can cut the tablet properly if you can’t swallow it whole and that’s why you wish to break it into smaller pieces. 

As far as dose reduction is concerned, it should not be done without consulting your doctor first. You need to make sure you properly take Benicar to make the most out of it. 

Risks and consequences of cutting Benicar in half 

The main concern with cutting Benicar tablets in half is uneven dose distribution. These tablets are extremely difficult to cut into two halves, which can affect content uniformity. 

For example, if your prescribed dose is 10 mg and you’re splitting a 20 mg Benicar, there’s a chance that you won’t break it into two 10 mg halves and you may end up taking like 7 or 8 mg instead of 10. There’s also a chance that you may end up taking more than 10 mg. 

This is definitely not an ideal scenario and since this medication can affect your heart rate, you should strictly take the exact dosage strength your doctor has recommended(1)

Another important concern is that Benicar tablets are film-coated, which may control the rate of drug release and can help enhance the physical stability of the tablets. It can also help mask the unpleasant taste of the drug. This coating does not remain beneficial once you split the tablet in half. 

Why is it always best to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before splitting tablets? 

It’s always best to consult your healthcare professional before splitting any tablets in half. Every single tablet is manufactured differently and you can’t tell for sure whether or not it’s safe to break them. If your doctor or pharmacist recommends cutting Benicar tablets you can surely do that. 

You can also ask for a proper pill cutter if you don’t already have one. Your doctor may also suggest you an alternative if there’s one. So make sure you never split tablets, especially prescription medications, without consulting your provider first. 

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