SOLID DOSAGE FORMS
Section I. CAPSULES
INTRODUCTION TO CAPSULES
a. Capsules are one of the leading dosage forms. Countless capsules are
dispensed to patients every day. Perhaps you have taken some capsules during the
past year. If you have, you are already aware of some of the advantages and
disadvantages of this dosage form.
b. A capsule is a gelatin or methylcellulose shell designed to hold solids and
liquids for oral administration. Capsules are of two varieties. The hard capsule is
intended to contain solids, while the elastic (soft) capsule is designed to hold liquids.
ADVANTAGES OF CAPSULES
Capsules have advantages over other dosage forms. Some of these advantages
a. Capsules effectively mask the odor and taste of substances.
b. Capsules are a professional looking, uniform, clean, and elegant dosage
c. Capsules provide a rapid release of medication in the stomach because of
d. Capsules provide accurate dosage.
SIZES OF CAPSULES
Figure 6-1 shows the actual sizes of some capsules and the relative amounts of
aspirin each will hold.