Benefits of Enteric Coated CapsulesPrint
Whether a capsule is made of gelatin or vegetarian ingredients, it is intended to dissolve in the stomach. However, there are times when it benefits the person to have the capsule dissolve in the small intestine and this is what
What are they?
Enteric coated capsules are capsules that have been coated with acid resistant coating to prevent them from dissolving when they pass the stomach acid. These capsules are then activated only when they pass an alkaline environment
Enteric-coatedcapsules do not dissolve in the mouth and as such, it is perfect for formulations that need to be activated by acid exposure. This prevents it from dissolving while in the mouth and esophagus areas.
- Many drugs can cause irritation to the stomach area; with
enteric-coatedcapsules, the formulation will pass through the stomach lining without irritating it.
enteric-coatedcapsule also protects the enzyme inside preventing it from dissolving in the acid environment of the stomach area.
- This capsule type would take about an hour or two to dissolve making it ideal for time- sensitive medications.