Can Nuvigil be cut in half? 

Can Nuvigil be cut in half? 

Yes, Nuvigil (Armodafinil) can be cut in half for splitting the dose or if you find it difficult to swallow the tablets whole. Although these pills are not scored, they can be split using a proper pill cutter. 

They don’t usually crumble or break apart when the pressure from the cutter is exerted, so the tablets can be divided into two with a clean cut. However, It’s still best to reach out to your healthcare provider before you start cutting Nuvigil tablets. 

Risks associated with cutting Nuvigil tablets

One of the biggest concerns with cutting Nuvigil tablets is to divide them into two equal halves for uniform dose distribution(1). Since the tablets are not scored, you need to be precise while using a pill cutter and shouldn’t try to break the tablets with your hands. 

You can never achieve an equal split that way. Content uniformity is crucial to maintain when splitting tablets, or you may end up taking more or less than the prescribed dose. Some people may try and take a lower dose if they have a drug test coming up, thinking that Nuvigil may make them fail it.

However, Nuvigil is not a controlled substance and it can not affect your drug test results. Just make sure you do not change your dose or skip taking the medication without consulting your doctor first.

Alternatives to cutting Nuvigil 

It’s best to ask your healthcare provider for an alternative before you decide to cut Nuvigil tablets. If you can do it safely, your doctor will give you the go-ahead. If not, your doctor will suggest you an alternative if you have difficulty swallowing tablets in general. 

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“NUVIGIL (armodafinil) tablets, for oral use. Full prescribing information”. United States Food and Drug Administration. Available from: