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Old 06-13-09, 08:06 PM
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Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

Hey all,

Just to clarify I'm not asking about sublingual absorption through the salivary glands. I'm still referring to the oral pathway.

I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with breaking an adderall IR tablet down into multiple pieces -- 1 tablet to 3-4 pieces -- and then gulping all the pieces down with water VS. taking an adderall tablet whole.

I do this with dexedrine bar tablets by crunching it into a few pieces with my teeth, being careful enough to not let any dissolve in my mouth by quickly gulping the pieces down with water. This method seems to make the onset faster -- I feel the effects 30-40 minutes as opposed to 50-70 minutes. Not sure if it effects the duration though; I haven't monitored it closely enough.

Anyone have similar experiences with adderall or any other drugs by breaking a tablet up into multiple pieces VS. taking a tablet whole?

I postulate that by breaking them into smaller pieces, the onset of the drug is quicker because the smaller pieces are able to be absorbed in the esphagous as it travels to the stomach.. not sure though.
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Re: Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

I hate swallowing whole tablets.
I take Dex IR and usually break a tablet into multiple pieces and then let a piece dissolve in my mouth for a millisecond before I take a gulp of water.
I feel it's as safe as swallowing it whole, never had a bad reaction.
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Re: Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

I don't think that would be a problem if makes it easier for you, but talk to your doctor about it. The more pieces you break the pill up into, the higher the surface area and the quicker it will get absorbed. That means you'll get a bigger initial dose but it won't last as long. So, your doctor might tell you to split the dose in two or something.

If your breaking into four smaller pieces it probably won't make any noticable difference, but, just don't crush it into a powder because that /will/ make a difference.

I used to break pills up when I was a kid because it was hard for me to swallow big ones, my doctors always said no problem with immediate release stuff.
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Re: Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

I don't think this is a problem with Adderall, but some pills have oxygen sensitive chemicals in them. They are designed to break down the medicine if the outer shell is broken. The idea is to prevent people from snorting it. I think this is mainly done in drugs like Oxycontin etc.
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Re: Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

I agree with everybody above. It should produce a faster onset (but slightly shorter total effectiveness), and assuming you don't have extremely high blood pressure, should be completely safe.
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Re: Breaking down IR adderall tablet into pieces vs. swallowing 1 tablet whole

I would recommend discussing this with your Doctor first. It will definitely act faster, but the initial surge of the drug will be much higher than expected by what is prescribed to you. It could cause unsafe increases in blood pressure or heart rate. Also, the duration of the drug will be MUCH shorter.
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