I am taking Betaine HCI 324 mg and Pepsin 5 mg in tablets. I think it is too strong for me and I would like to try half a tablet (half a dose). Can I split it and take it?
R/ The tablets in this supplement are designed to dissolve in the stomach, which is where acidification is required, since it releases hydrochloric acid, the same acid that occurs naturally in the stomach (but does not alter gastric acidity). In this way it helps replace part of the acidity loss in the stomach, thus cooperating in the digestion of food.
The tablets are made to fulfill a purpose during their disintegration time. To achieve this goal, excipients are used (also called inactive ingredients, since they have no nutritional contribution). If the tablet is broken, some stomach sensitive people may cause discomfort, since the disintegration objective would not be met in the manner established in the manufacture of the tablet.
Many people swallowing the crushed or broken tablet, which is prepared to open in the stomach, notice the taste of the ingredients, which is not always pleasant, and this can be perceived as irritation, (not necessarily as burning), but Betaine is precisely a product that we recommend NOT TO crush the tablet, since it is very acidic. The best thing would be to always swallow it whole or chop it in two and swallow, but the drawback is that you can notice a strong taste. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that just half of the tablet contains half the dose, since it is not marked for that use.
It is important to be sure that the problem is hypo or achlorhydria. Otherwise, you could have problems due to improper use.
Food supplements are not medicines, although we find them in the form of tablets or capsules, but necessary nutrients, which in many cases we cannot acquire adequately from regular food, but which, when they are concentrated healthy substances, collaborate in optimally completing our individual nutritional requirements.