Can I split Zyrtec in half?

United States
February 12, 2009 7:57pm CST
Zyrtec makes me very sleepy. So I was wondering if it would be safe to cut it in half. Do you know if it would be alright? Have you ever split one in half?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I wouldn't split it if I were you. Maybe you could try Claritin instead? Or buy the child dosage.
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• United States
13 Feb 09
Claritin doesnt work for me I was on it before. Maybe I will try a childrens dose.
• United States
13 Feb 09
Call and ask your local pharmacist as certain medications are not supposed to be cut in half.
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@busibee (187)
• United States
13 Feb 09
I wouldn't without contacting a doctor or pharmacist first. Many pills like that have a special coating on them so they dissolve over a certain amount of time so your body doesn't absorb it too quickly. If you break it in half you break the coating - hence, your stomach acid may dissolve it too quickly and you might have a odd side-effect (or you might just get sleepier faster). You can go to www.webmd.com and check on Zyrtec to see what is said about it. XOXO
@mojo76 (56)
• Bulgaria
15 Feb 09
i am a pharmacist and yes you can split zyrtec in half. it is interesting though that it makes you sleepy it is a new generation antihistamine and shouldn't be this way. you could try the new form of zyrtec called Xyzal.