Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Swallowing a Pill? Decide What's Right For You!

There are at least tons of over-the-counter drugs these days when it comes to different formulations; - gelcaps, quick-dissolve tablets, etc...

Gelcaps - examples; Advil Liqui-Gels or Claritin Liqui-Gels. These soft, flexible gelatin capsules hold liquid-which can be absorbed quickly than regular pills.
These are good if you have trouble swallowing medications. They are easier to swallow compared to hard tablets, though they have to be bigger to fit the same amount of formula.

Quick-Dissolve Tablets - examples; Claritin Reditabs, Alavert Orally Disintegrating Tablets. When they are placed under the tongue, the tablets dissolves, then the medication enters your blood stream through the mucous membranes in your mouth.
These are best if you need fast relief. Medicines that dissolve under the tongue get absorbed quicker than other forms, although not many companies make medicines in this form because it's hard to make them taste okay.

Coated Tablets - examples are Advil Coated tablets, Bayer Safety Coated Aspirin. These tablets have smooth coating that helps go down easier and can also delay absorption. Example, enteric-coated aspirin dissolves in the small intestine rather than in the stomach, where it can cause irritation.
These are good for you if you have difficulty swallowing traditional tablets, need a time-sensitive medicine or you take aspirin daily (such as for heart health).