Why choose an effervescent tablet over a pill?
Confused about whether to take an effervescent or a pill? We break it down.
Scanning items on the supermarket shelf, you realise the product you need comes in two formats - one’s a pill, the other is an effervescent tablet. Both products claim to do the same thing, so which one should you choose?
What is an effervescent tablet?
First, it’s important to understand the difference between an effervescent tablet and a pill. Both can be in the form of a tablet, but it’s how they dissolve that’s different.
An effervescent tablet is a type of tablet that breaks up when you drop it in liquid like water or juice. The tablet completely dissolves in the liquid, the tablet’s ingredients are evenly dispersed in the liquid and you can then drink it like a standard drink.
Effervescent tablets exist for many products, including:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Energy drinks
- Sports drinks
- Electrolyte drinks.
Pills, on the other hand, are hard capsules or tablets that don’t dissolve in water. You swallow pills and tablets with a glass of water, then they break down gradually in your stomach.
The amount of time it takes for your body to break down a pill can vary, depending on individual factors.
Why take an effervescent over a pill?
Effervescent tablets are becoming a more popular choice in a variety of products for many reasons, including taste, convenience and personal preference. Here’s a look at the benefits of an effervescent.
Effervescent tablets have already started dissolving by the time they reach your stomach, meaning they can be absorbed efficiently.