Those are words to live by, and I wouldn't expect anything less from him. Always teaching, always curious, always trying to the very end. There are many different ways to take medications orally. Capsules and tablets are generally the most common. Have you ever found yourself wondering how to take your newly prescribed medicine?
If you have trouble swallowing them, then there is advice that can help you. So, in this article, we will discuss everything about medicine capsules, whether you have to swallow them, and if there are other ways to take them. Before we get into all the details, here’s a quick summary. Medication presented in capsule form is designed to be swallowed. Do not chew, break, crush, or open a capsule to pour out the medication, unless a healthcare professional has advised you to. Let’s take a look at capsules in a little more depth below: What is a capsule? The differences between a capsule and a tablet Are tablets or capsules easier to swallow? How long does a capsule take to dissolve in your body?
In the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, a capsule or ‘encapsulation’ refers to a range of techniques used to enclose medicine. The outside shell is more commonly known as a ‘capsule’. Below, we are going to take a look at the differences between capsules and tablets. Sometimes your prescribed medications may be in the form of capsules and/or tablets. A tablet is usually in the form of flat tablets and a capsule is almost cylindrical. Tablets can be cut into two, whereas capsules cannot be cut into two. A capsule consists of powder or jelly enclosed in a dissolvable gelatin container. Tablets are often coated with sugar or similar substances, which means that the drug contained in it will not immediately enter the blood-stream. But, the drug in the capsules is known to enter the blood-stream immediately – as soon as the capsule dissolves. Tablets are known to be less expensive when compared to capsules. They’re manufactured by compressing and packing the materials using force. Tablets are also known to have more shelf life and retain their potential for a longer period than the capsules. Moreover, tablets are available in different sizes and shapes. The only drawback that can be seen with tablets is that large tablets can be hard to swallow. The only way to to take a larger tablet, if you have trouble swallowing, is to break it or crush it to powder. Be sure you always consult with your doctor or medical professional before breaking or crushing a tablet. Let’s take a look at the main differences between a tablet and a capsule – and their pro’s and cons. A capsule consists of powder or jelly enclosed in a dissolvable plastic container. Tablets can be cut into two, whereas capsules cannot. Tablets are coated with sugar or similar substances, which means the drug contained in them will not immediately enter the blood-stream. But, the drug in the capsule is known to enter the blood-stream immediately. Tablets are also known to have more shelf life and also retain their potential for a longer period than capsules. Tablets are available in different sizes and shapes. Tablets are known to be less expensive when compared to capsules. When compared to tablets, capsules are easy to swallow. Which leads perfectly on to swallowing capsules and/or tablets… Are Tablets or Capsules Easier to Swallow?
The physical properties of the coating on a softgel capsule result with them ‘floating in the mouth’ when taken with water. As a result, the swallowing of capsules can often be difficult for some people. What Do I Do If I Have Problems Swallowing Capsules? In patients who experience such difficulty, it is suggested that they try leaning forward when swallowing, as this has been found to assist. It may be necessary to reassure patients about this technique as they may initially find it unnatural to execute. Capsules Can Be More Difficult to Swallow Than Tablets. Many patients have difficulties, both psychologically and physically, swallowing medications. The swallowing of capsules can be particularly difficult. This is because capsules are lighter than water and float due to air trapped inside the gelatine shell.
What Do I Do If I Have Problems Swallowing Tablets? In comparison, tablets are heavier than water and do not float. The usual method of swallowing tablets is to place them on the tongue, filling the mouth with water, tilting the head back and swallowing. This works well for tablets because they don’t float and when the head is tilted back, gravity helps the tablet to be swallowed more easily.