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Can anyone recommend a pill cutter/splitter

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Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone has bought a pill splitter, in UK, that can cut 1mg Pred in half without too much drama. Having looked on-line there are numerous versions on sale but they all seem to have bad write-ups, saying they have dangerous exposed blades or that they crush the tablets rather than cutting cleanly. I have lots of 1mg tablets and at some point hope to be able to cut them into 0.5mg for slow tapering. Or should I just ask the doctor for 0.5mg; if there is such a thing?

Any advice would be much appreciated :)

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DorsetLadyPMRGCAuk volunteer

There is no such thing as 0.5mg tablet …..but you can get 2.5mg….so you can mix and match any dose until you require 1.5mg or 0.5mg.

I used Safe & Sound with no issue - online or in pharmacies - and some bigger supermarkets - basic one on left of picture.

You need to get tablet in correct place lining up mid-line and be firm when pushing down..easy peasy.

Pillcutter

Thank you DL. This looks like a better option than most I've seen advertised. I appreciate you answering so swiftly.

😃

I use sharp tipped nail scissors!

Multi-purpose tools? Or do you just use them for tablets?

Tools and tablets. Always disinfect them for latter.😂

Indeed 😄

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diana1998 in reply to pal-o-mine

Boots the chemist or easy to cut in half on a board with a sharp knife. But you can use the 2.5mg pills and make up with 1mg. Problem solved.

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pal-o-mine in reply to diana1998

Sounds OK until you need to take less than 1mg, which I'm anticipating doing in the future.

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to pal-o-mine

Ah yes - but cross each bridge as you get to them ...

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pal-o-mine in reply to PMRpro

I like to be well prepared. You never know when the need may arise in our household for such an implement.

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to pal-o-mine

Any tablet with a score line and convex faces will break well if you place it on a hard surface and press down on the opposite sides of the line with your thumbs

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pal-o-mine in reply to PMRpro

Would be OK if the 1mg had a score line, but mine don't.

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to pal-o-mine

Down to 2mg, cut 5mg tablets - easier.

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diana1998 in reply to pal-o-mine

Yes. No problem. 👍

I got a free one from my pharmacist. It used to have a drug company logo on it, but that has long worn off. I learned that if it rested on the counter when I lowered the guillotine it would give me a half and a pile of crumbs. Holding the pill cutter in the air avoided the vibration from the counter surface and allowed for a cleaner break. Not always a perfect half, but near enough - it balances out. Cut with determination, not too timidly and not too hard either. I'll try to find a picture, it's very simple.

Pill Cutter - V- Grip Pill Crusher and Cutter for Vitamins, Big & Small Pills, and Medication - Transparent Pill Splitter with Pill Holder Case to Split - A-n listing, photo below.

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HeronNS in reply to HeronNS

here we go

simple pill cutter
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MamaBeagle in reply to HeronNS

Snap, Heron! But mine came from the online store A...etc

And me too -it seems to have worked well over the years.

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HeronNS in reply to MamaBeagle

The picture is from A-n. Mine isn't exactly the same but close.

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Mazxstitch in reply to HeronNS

That's the one I have. It works quite well.

I have this one too

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

Excellent advice Heron. Hope my pharmacist is as generous as yours - but I'd happily pay for one that does the job. I wonder what the chemists use?

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

I planned to buy one, went to the counter to ask for advice and she reached under the counter and gave me one. Promotional freebee from a drug company!

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

Must have liked your face.

😉

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

Lucky timing!

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

You mean I should stand outside the chemists with a stop-watch?

😀

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

Haha. Nope, she just happened to have one she could give away.

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

👍🏻👍🏻

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to pal-o-mine

Very professional ones ;)

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

Thanks for the picture. There are several of these kinds of cutters, but it's knowing which are good ones.

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

Well, no guarantees, but this is similar to mine.

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

I suppose it's all in the technique.

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

That is part of it. I note that DL's technique is similar - lining up the pill as best you can and being firm about the cut!

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

I can tell you it is a pain lining up a tiny 1 mg but it's worth it.

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

They are sooo small aren't they. I've never before had tablets I had to put on my microscope slide to see before taking them.

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HeronNS in reply to pal-o-mine

My 1 mg have no cut line imprinted. Perhaps they do in the UK.

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pal-o-mine in reply to HeronNS

Nope, mine just seem to have a squiggle on them. Could be in Chinese for all I know!

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piglette in reply to pal-o-mine

Are your tablets the enteric coated ones if they are very small?

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pal-o-mine in reply to piglette

No, not enteric coated. They also hide nicely from me if I manage to drop one on my white bed-sheet. Pesky little blighters!

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piglette in reply to pal-o-mine

I have enteric ones and keep dropping them on my multi coloured Persian carpet, you can lose anything on that!!

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pal-o-mine in reply to piglette

Ooh, posh, you've got a Persian carpet. My kitchen floor does the same trick. Whenever I drop something small it's a devil to see where it landed - usually under the freezer - round things always roll under there. May be because the floor leans in that direction.

😄

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PMRproAmbassador in reply to pal-o-mine

So do I - cost me 10 euros. Instead of 350+ euros ...

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pal-o-mine in reply to PMRpro

Sorry, what cost you 10 euros?

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piglette in reply to pal-o-mine

Nothing but the best for me! My parents had a carpet in their breakfast room and forks, combs and goodness knows what else would disappear into it. We would spend ages scrabbling round the floor.

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pal-o-mine in reply to piglette

Hours of fun then! My son (when he was about 5)used to drop little lego bricks down between the floorboards on the landing (after chewing them). One day we might get them out again!

My pill cutter is called Safe and Sound, as mentioned by Dorset Lady above. It came from A......n U K for £2.99 I think.

My 5 mg pred tabs do have a cutting line, the 1mg do not. Nevertheless I manage to cut the 1 mg into half with no probs, and more recently, into quarters.

I had to do this recently as I couldn't reduce from 3,5 to 3 without problems, but the quarter step seems to have worked (don't want to speak too soon....)

All the best!

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Floridafan in reply to Melti

I too am reducing by a quarter each month. Rather than cut the pills into quarters I alternate the dose each day. So if I wanted to take 3.25 mg I take 3.5mg one day and 3mg the next, then repeat.

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Melti in reply to Floridafan

Hi Floridafan, that's sort of what I was doing - 3.5 then 3. But I was doing DSNS - so when I started over the weeks having more days at 3 than at 3.5, the pain and stiffness crept back. Having that 3.25 step in was a bit fiddly but, touch wood, seems to have worked. Hope your tapering goes well too.

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pal-o-mine in reply to Melti

That's very helpful and useful to know, thanks. I think if I cut a 1mg into quarters I'd need a magnifying glass to see the result! Good luck with your reducing.

I’ve got a Pillmate Pillcutter, it’s very good, cuts cleanly. It’s available on Amazon for £2-3.

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pal-o-mine in reply to 123mossie

I've read very mixed reviews about this. It sounds like you're one of the happy customers.

I bought 2 pill cutters, neither of which worked very well so ended up using a very sharp parcel opener knife (sterilised) when I was in my final stages of taking pred ie taking 1/2 mg on alternate days.

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pal-o-mine in reply to Casia

I'm glad to hear you sterilised it first. Hope you continue to your final stages successfully.

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Casia in reply to pal-o-mine

Thank you. I’ve been off pred for just under a year and no sign of PMR 🤞. Good luck!

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pal-o-mine in reply to Casia

That's marvellous news and good to hear.

I.use the safe and sound one and it’s pretty easy. If it doesn’t cut exactly in half I don’t worry as it’s only a small variation in dose.

Safe & sound seems the way to go. Thanks for sharing :)

Thanks for this info everyone,that was my next predicament, how to split a 1mg tablet!!!And do they have a .5mg??.Now I know!!

I too have safe and sound cutter. Having trouble reducing 4 to 3.5 so trying 3.75. Cutting 1mg into 4 pieces was haphazard to say the least then I finally worked out a 2.5 plus half a 2.5 equalled 3.75! Duh!!

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pal-o-mine in reply to Poshdog

I'm going to make a note of those numbers - you seem to have got this sussed. My brain couldn't cope right now.

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Poshdog in reply to pal-o-mine

It has taken me almost a year!

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pal-o-mine in reply to Poshdog

You got there in the end and that's the important thing.😀

Mecca pill cutter from Amazon works for me

Hadn't heard of this one so put it into Google and came up with some (unexpected) results.

Oops hope they weren’t rude - I took the name from the box - May be just search for pill cutter. I use Amazon Smile and donations go to PMR

Well - just a little bit. I've not come across Amazon Smile, I always just ask my son to buy stuff on Amazon for me - and it magically turns up a few days later. And that's a very worthy cause too. 👍🏻

Just remember.... if your Pred is enteric coated then you should not cut them.

Thanks for the warning. Mine are not coated, so not a problem for me.

I use Bug Hull make bought off Amazon. Cuts cleanly 90% of the time and the blade isn’t too exposed so no real danger of cutting yourself.

On looking this up I could only find Bug Hull pill organisers listed. Maybe I missed something.

I just used a small non serrated veg knife. Couldn’t manage the splitters.

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pal-o-mine in reply to Crommie

Another multi-purpose tool. Have to be careful and watch your fingers though.

Check out EBay with the following search "Pill Cutter Splitter Half Storage Compartment Box Medicine Tablet Holder Case" - I got one there in 2018 for about €3.

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pal-o-mine in reply to Benos123

Had a look at this. My OH has warned me about ordering things that come from China, as the last time he did we didn't receive the item, so he's forbidden me to buy anything from there.

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Benos123 in reply to pal-o-mine

Well I never told my "dearest" OH on the basis that what she doesn't know won't bother her. Of course in reality I only purchase ANY stuff online through Paypal & Credit Cards that have a grievance & refund process and I've yet to suffer a loss in well over 20 years!

Here's a little well known tip to use if something goes missing from China! Just contact them as before and politely tell them the problem and I'd bet that you will promptly receive a refund and a pleasant surpise about a month later, when the item is delivered!

Oh and to finish, the €3 cutter is better than ever, (a bit like meself)! LOLS

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pal-o-mine in reply to Benos123

You are sneaky, but just like me you only share the important stuff with your OH.

Glad to hear you've never lost any post in over 20 years. I have my suspicions that all our postmen, sorry post-people, have been depriving us of our most interesting post over the years. They only seem to deliver bills to us. 🤔

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Benos123 in reply to pal-o-mine

Yes indeed! Never lost any post from China in over 20 years nor the OH in double that, and which surely means I've been doin something right????! Blush blush!

I bought a pill cutter but it's useless. I split my 1mg tabs with my thumb nail and surprisingly it works...!!!

I do this too - was beginning to think I was the only one!

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pal-o-mine in reply to LBM1953

That's great. Unfortunately my nails aren't that strong and would probably not survive that. Glad to hear it works for you though.

Pill Cutter Medicine Tablet Holder Safe Splitter Half Storage Compartment Box UK on eBay.Used mine for a year without any problem.

Thanks for this. This one looks quite sturdy and at least comes from a UK, unlike so many of the others. Worth considering.

Hi - unlikely the gp would be able to recommend. I have a couple from Amazon. Very cheap and easy to use. Flat ones cut well and store the unused half. Good luck! xx

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pal-o-mine in reply to Bfp1

Thanks Bfp1. The storage is very handy - will have to investigate further. :)

I got a pill cutter online but found it tended to create a good half and a pile of bits. Being a yorkshireman I came up with a plan that kept the good half for the next day and used the fragments for today's dose.

That's great. There's nothing wrong with being a yorkshireman and sound like the ideal plan.

I got mine from Boots, quite some years ago an it still works well. Shaped like a computer mouse and next to nothing cost wise (for a change). Haven't found anything that will do quarters. Crumbs galore.

Hi herdysheep, thanks for replying. The danger with having a pill cutter that looks like a computer mouse is that I'd get the crumbs all over my computer desk.

😁

surprising where the crumbs can get!

Tell me about it!

I had no problem using nail clippers!

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pal-o-mine in reply to meelfyn

Will have to try this in the bathroom. Only problem being it might fly off down the drain. Wish me luck!

I have a little pill cutter which seems to work well but my doc prefers me taking 3mg one day and 4 the next instead. 3 on odd dates, 4 on evens- and ignore the 31st!

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pal-o-mine in reply to Hacey

It's great you have a doc who is involved in your pred taking. So that must be so you get 3.5mg over the odd and even days. Surprised that you don't take anything on 31st though.

I think he means just take the lower dose on the 31st!

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pal-o-mine in reply to Hacey

Oh, OK, I thought it was strange.

I also use Safe and Sound without any problems. However, it is true that if it opens there is a sharp blade exposed. I keep mine in one those little plastic bags that seal up, so that it can't come open.

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pal-o-mine in reply to Sharitone

Thanks for the advice.

Someone is going to give a negative comment about using a pill cutter purchased from a Veterinary Suppy Co - so be it.

I actually got one exactly like this from an Equine Supply. When my horses died I washed it thoroughly and been using it myself. This pill cutter / and crusher is great. It has a flexible plastic centering device and a single edge razor to cut the pill, the top half unscrews and acts as a screw-type pill crusher. Turn it over and remove the friction fit bottom and it has 4 small pill storage compartments. Had this for about 10 years and works great and very versatile. When wears out I’ll buy the exact model again.

Pill cutter / crusher
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Asbeck in reply to Boss302Fan

Regarding Melti's post. I am in the US and can get 2.5 mg. pills. I think that they are available in the UK and other places as well. This cut in half = 1.25. Therefore, with this and maybe 1/2(1mg.) I can achieve 1.25, and 1.75. then I can add whole pills of 1 mg. etc.

Thanks for your reply. I'm not going to give you a negative reply. I'm sorry to hear that your horses died - they're my favourite animal, along with dolphins and rabbits. Having used it for ten years you have certainly got your moneys worth and it's not surprising you're recommending it.

One more set of pics of my actual unit

Exploded view of bill cutter / crusher

Thanks for providing the pics.

A simple razor blade does it well

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pal-o-mine in reply to petros31

You know, I would try that but I'm scared I'd lose a finger or two in the process.😲

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petros31 in reply to pal-o-mine

You can buy single cutter blades with no danger for fingers

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pal-o-mine in reply to petros31

Thanks for that. I was thinking of the old Wilkinson Sword blades my OH used to use. He has a razor with 5 blades now, but thats overkill in my view.

I bought one from Boots called Pill Mate, worked perfectly

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pal-o-mine in reply to betsgirl

I'll add this to my list of possibilities, thank you.

Vets have good ones as they often recommend that you split the tablets for your pets .

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pal-o-mine in reply to bluepuddy

Thanks for this. I hadn't considered getting one from a vet and I have a vet practice just 2 minutes walk from me. I'll shall make enquiries there. 😀

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bluepuddy in reply to pal-o-mine

😊

I love that there are over 100 people on here sharing about this topic. ❤️

Me too - didn’t know it was 100 though!! x

It gives a count at the top says the woman who couldn’t find FAQs.

So it does !!! 😂

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