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Why?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Dorset_Mike, Aug 30, 2020.

  1. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Why is it that the largest of these pills/capsules contains the lowest amount of "active" ingredient? pills.jpg
    The top right, marked D53, contains 400 microgrammes, the lower left yellow has 20 milligrammes, the other three each contain 5 milligrammes.
    I also wonder why the packaging is often way larger than necessary, must cost more not only in materials but also takes up more transport space.
     
  2. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    It’s just possible they use only one size of capsules for all types of medications thus cutting down on tooling for different weights. They use the one size fits all principal. The active ingredient in capsules may need to stay in powder form and the capsules must be edible unlike single use plastic which is where I have a real concern over the unnecessary uses. Don :eek:
     
  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I suppose they are not physical mixtures of separate "active ingredient" and filler. Probably the active ingredient is chemically bound to something else and that takes space. The capsules will be designed as delay release. I guess their size relates to their composition and whether they are set to release contents 1,2, 4 hours after ingestion. Only guessing.
     
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  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Are you sure you are supposed to swallow D53? ;)

    I know I simply couldn't. Can't bear those capsules. They make me puke.
     
  5. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Nothing worse than a capsule that sticks to the back of the throat, tongue or roof of the mouth. Proper gag time!

    Are you sure D53 isn’t a suppository?;)
     
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  6. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    D53 is a pill to be taken orally. It is tamsulosin hydrochloride. For really big pills see 80mg Atorvastatin
     
  7. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Little blue pills. You old dog!
     
  8. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I had one stuck in my throat for ages, Thought it would never go away. It's put me off taking the things I always ask is there's an alternative.
     
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  9. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I'm the same. I can take lozenge shaped pills but even the round ones can get stuck in my throat.
     
  10. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Wrong shape for Viagra
     
  11. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Not for generic equivalents though;)
     
  12. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    For some people, size matters. I've been on the same anti-inflammatory medication for about 30 years, and it come in various physical sized pills for the same dosage. The big ones are for people who drop them and then can't find them, and the smallest ones are for people like me who keep a spare one in my wallet in case I miss a step and jar my spine when I'm out. Unless you ask for the smallest type, GPs tend to prescribe the largest ones.
     
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