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Posted by: Nieuwoudt | 2011/05/30

What is the best/difference - capsules, pills or powders? Why and what is the difference

My son is busy with a task for physical science and needs te explain why a medication (of his choice) needs to be given in a specific form and why? Can you help?

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In general capsules are easy to swallow because of their shape, great for masking odours and tastes and contains less excipients than tablets. It may also assist in rduced gastrointestinal irritation.

Tablets are made by compressing and compacting materials by tons of force. It is furthermore often coated to closely regulate the rate and site of release of the active ingredient. Tablets are cheaper to manufacture than capsules and notching/scoring is also possible for dose splitting.

Powders are fast-acting since the active is readily available

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Posted by: pharmacist | 2011/05/31

In general capsules are easy to swallow because of their shape, great for masking odours and tastes and contains less excipients than tablets. It may also assist in rduced gastrointestinal irritation.

Tablets are made by compressing and compacting materials by tons of force. It is furthermore often coated to closely regulate the rate and site of release of the active ingredient. Tablets are cheaper to manufacture than capsules and notching/scoring is also possible for dose splitting.

Powders are fast-acting since the active is readily available

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