Vitamins in Caplet Form vs. Capsule

Spoonful of vitamin capsules
Spoonful of vitamin capsules (Image: alice-photo/iStock/Getty Images)

Like other pills that are taken orally, vitamins come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and consistencies. Both caplets and capsules deliver the supplement orally, but their methods of delivery vary slightly. See what's available at your vitamin or drug store, then choose the type that's easiest to swallow.

Capsules vs. Caplets

Capsules feature a gelatin casing around the liquid, powder or granule supplement in the middle. Some can be broken apart so you can mix the supplement inside with other foods. Otherwise, the casing dissolves quickly in gastric fluids. Caplets, also called tablets, come in a hard powder form that can sometimes be split to alter the dosage. Sometimes caplets have a coating that dissolves in the small intestine after the caplet passes through the stomach intact.

Which One to Take

Whether to take a supplement in capsule or caplet form is largely a matter of personal preference. If you have difficulty swallowing pills, choose the form, size, coating, taste and shape that presents the fewest challenges. Consult your doctor for more information before starting a vitamin regimen.

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