How to Separate Gelatin Capsules That are Stuck Together

By Tanya Martinez-Cardenas

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.

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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.

Shaking the bottle carefully can help gel caps dislodge from one another.

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.

Wear gloves when pulling apart gelatin capsules.

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.

Warning

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.

About the Author

Tanya Martinez-Cardenas has been writing for more than 10 years. She has written for the websites of News 8 Austin, Expert Village and the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Martinez-Cardenas holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas State University.

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