Which dissolves quicker in stomach? Capsules-tablets-gel caps? It's that time of year again, science fair projects! Wondering if it makes a difference, or if it is just advertising hype to make people think they will get quicker relief if it dissolves faster. We are just testing one type of OTC pain reliever in caps, tablets, and gel caps. Any thoughts? I have been asked this by patients before and I didn't know for sure. Last year my daughter won second place--we are hoping for first place this year! Thanks.
Feb 2, '08
Caplets are just coated tablets in a more easy-to-swallow form. If they take as long as a tablet, I wouldn't be surprised.
The new gel-filled capsule things (the ones like vitamin E capsules -they're sort of squishy - not the gel-coated caplets) should dissolve the fastest.
Capsules should dissolve more quickly than tablets.
I would be interested in the "enteric-coated" tabs AND caplets; I know the coating is to reduce stomach irritation, but does the coating also slow absorption when compared to the non-coated ones? It seems as though it would.
Another tactic - try testing a Tylenol or a Motrin as opposed to acetaminophen or ibuprofen, the generic cousins. You could even go farther - Target vs. Wal-Mart!
The beauty of experimentation is that it can always dump your hypothesis! Let us know what you find out! If we lived nearby I'd volunteer to help, because this is very interesting to me!
Last edit by carolinapooh on Feb 2, '08