Amoxicillin is often prescribed to treat bacterial infections, but most patients get to choose the form they take. It is often available in tablets, powder, and capsules, with the latter option typically being popular for many reasons. One of the main advantages of amoxicillin capsules is that the correct dosage is usually easy to take, as the medicine does not need to be measured or cut in half. Additionally, the coating on capsules can make them easy to take without water despite their large size, and are widely available at most pharmacies. Of course, some people have trouble swallowing any type of pill, and also may be inconvenienced by the higher cost of capsules.
One of the biggest advantages of taking amoxicillin in capsule form is that they typically make it easy to take the correct dosage, which is not the case for every form of this medicine. For example, powder often has to be measured out, and tablets sometimes need to be cut in half to get the correct dose. Capsules, by contrast, typically need to be taken whole, which means that no measuring or cutting is involved. This advantage often makes them popular among patients, making them easy to find at most pharmacies.
This form of amoxicillin is often best for those who have no trouble swallowing pills, as they are often larger than tablets. Fortunately, though, they often include a slick coating on the outside that makes them easier to swallow than tablets, which means that most people do not even need to drink water with them. The fact that they can often slide down the throat easily makes them particularly convenient for those taking them on-the-go, without access to food or drinks. On the other hand, patients who dislike swallowing pills can often open the capsule and pour its contents into food, such as applesauce or pudding, to make the medicine easier to take.
Of course, not everyone can spend time opening up amoxicillin capsules and mixing the contents with their food. For this reason, some patients choose chewable tablets instead, as this form of medication does not require them to swallow large pills or mix powder with food. Additionally, though capsules are typically easy to find at pharmacies, they are also often more expensive than other forms. These drawbacks may promote some patients to choose regular tablets, chewable tablets, or powder instead.