Splitting medications is never recommended. As a doctor practicing 35 years, I have seen this occur, and it's mostly out of the necessity of finances. People simply cannot afford the high cost of medication and they find themselves splitting medications.
However in conditions, especially the chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, management of those levels is extremely important.
If you're taking half the medication you're not achieving the therapeutic or planned response. Many patients end up going as a result to emergency rooms with high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, heart attacks, etc.
it's extremely important to take your medication as prescribed because that prescription dose was achieved as a process of diagnosis and treatment by your physician. Cutting back will only put the patient, yourself, in danger.
Dr. Joseph Mosquera
Dr. Joseph Mosquera has over 35 years of experience as an integrative general practitioner in Newark, NJ. Mosquera is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (now UMDNJ). He studied neurology at George Washington University Hospital and completed his residency and training in Internal Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. He then went on to graduate from the University of Arizona Medical School’s Program in Integrative Medicine in 2004. Dr. Mosquera is also a Harvard Medical School Fellowship graduate in Structural Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. He has served as the Clinical Director of Integrative Medicine at St. Michael’s Medical Center (Newark, NJ), an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School, an Instructor at UMDNJ in “The Art of Medicine”, and a Lecturer of Integrative Medicine at both Harvard and Georgetown University Medical Schools. He has held a Board Certification in Internal Medicine since 1984 and is licensed to practice medicine in five states (NY, NJ, MA, NH, FL). Since 2003, Dr. Mosquera has been a regular Medical/Health expert and contributor to Univision, Telemundo, as well as CNN and NBC’s the “Today Show.” He has served as a Medical and Health expert for Consumer Reports Health since 2008. He is currently a medical expert for RxSaver.
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