Different Forms of Tablets
Tablets can be taken in a variety of ways, depending on the type of tablet it is. The types of tablets include:
- Compressed tablet
- Effervescent tablet
- Chewable tablet
- Fast melt tablet
Compressed tablets are perhaps the most commonly seen in the nutritional supplement market. These refer to the solid, oval-sized, or round tablet that you see in many everyday vitamins. These tablets are meant to be swallowed whole without breaking down or chewing.
An effervescent tablet is characterized by its ability to be dropped into a cup of water and dissolve within a matter of minutes. From there, the carbonated water can be consumed easily, and the contents of the tablet can be absorbed by the body.
Chewable nutritional supplement tablets are very popular, especially in children’s and adult vitamins. These nutritional supplements come in a chewy, gummy tablet that is chewed and broken up completely before they reach the stomach.
Fast melt tablets, also known as sublingual tablets, are a little less conventional than some other types, as they involve the placement of the tablet in a specific area of the mouth (either under the tongue or against the cheek) and waiting for it to dissolve. A sublingual tablet manufacturer has to follow a different process to make their tablets specific for each blend.
While all tablets are different and can have different effects, the granulation process in tablet manufacturing typically stays the same. This is where the primary powder particles in the powder are encouraged to attach to each other to form a larger entity known as a granule. The granulation process is done prior to compression, but it is a very vital step.