How to Separate Gelatin Capsules That are Stuck Together

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Significant changes in temperature can make gelatin capsules stick together.
Significant changes in temperature can make gelatin capsules stick together. (Image: capsules image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com)

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.

Shaking the bottle carefully can help gel caps dislodge from one another.
Shaking the bottle carefully can help gel caps dislodge from one another. (Image: yellow capsules image by Fyerne from Fotolia.com)

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.

Wear gloves when pulling apart gelatin capsules.
Wear gloves when pulling apart gelatin capsules. (Image: drugs in doctors gloved hand image by Keith Frith from Fotolia.com)

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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