How to Separate Gelatin Capsules That are Stuck Together

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If the gel caps are not stored correctly, heat and humidity can make them stick to one another. Your gelatin capsules should be shipped in a controlled environment where the temperature is consistent. If you find yourself with gelatin capsules that seem glued to one another, there are some things you can do.

  • Shake the bottle filled with gel caps lightly for a second or so. Check the pills. If they are still stuck together, shake the bottle a little more rigorously, and recheck their condition.

  • Pull apart the pills from one another. Many of the pills should have come apart during the shaking process. The rest can be picked apart. Some might not be salvageable.

  • Contact the manufacturer of the gelatin capsules if shaking the bottle and picking apart the pills didn't work. Most companies will be replace your bottle of gelatin capsules.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to take the liquid or powder out of the gelatin capsules. The ingredients are meant to be taken with the gelatin capsule, because it acts as a coating for the stomach.
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