r/mildlyinteresting 9d ago Today I Learned 2

My Walgreens brand Tylenol capsule is just a pill with a removable shell on either side.

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u/trav110 9d ago

That is the saddest looking pill

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u/2459-8143-2844 9d ago

It's naked.

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u/assassinsaif18 9d ago

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u/20sinnh 9d ago

Dude was only 34 here. Jesus Christ I'm getting old.

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u/AccountAfter 9d ago

I'm older than 34 but feel I will be forever younger than this.

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u/denzien 9d ago

Take solace - he's 63 now

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u/Faery_Wasp 9d ago

Jfc are you serious?!?!? This makes me feel so old and young at the same time.

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u/Intelligent_Joke 9d ago

I WAS IN THE POOL!

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u/hibelly 9d ago

I love that a photo of a bootleg tylenol turned into a thread about a nude George Costanza. This shit right here is why i reddit

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u/sleeper_54 9d ago

This pill does not suffer from 'shrinkage'.

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u/perplex1 9d ago

I also get sad responses when I’m naked

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u/Drews232 9d ago

The reason Tylenol tablets switched from actual powder filled capsules to tablets in a capsule shell is due to the time Tylenol was poisoned. Prior to that, they were all powder inside, but that made it too easy to poison the drug inside. In addition to all the safety wrapping, they switched to tablets that look like capsules.

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u/EvilNoseHairs 9d ago

I dressed up as Tylenol for Halloween that year. I was about 10. I’m a pharmacist now. Go figure .

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u/[deleted] 9d ago edited 9d ago

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u/Hoopla_for_Days 9d ago Helpful All-Seeing Upvote Faith In Humanity Restored

Hi, I actually work in the plant that these are made. They're called press-fit, and have microscopic holes that make the pills equally but slowly dissolve.

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u/BlondeLawyer 9d ago

This is why I love Reddit!

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u/No_Creme714 9d ago

Always a homie looking out

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u/Here_for_tea_ 9d ago

Well I learned something new today. Thanks!

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u/Pristine-Ad-8512 9d ago

Well you just had to go and stop me from getting mildly infuriated about this, huh

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u/perplex1 9d ago

Those caps are very dissolvable. Put the outer shell in water and they quickly shrivel away. The pill itself is probably easy to dissolve as well versus a non rapid release pill

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u/one_rainy_wish 9d ago

Some marketing guy: "yeah, the caps are gel. Sort of. Listen, just buy the damn thing okay"

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u/NewsJunkie4321 9d ago

Use just the two shells…

Placebo!

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u/Fracture_98 9d ago

See, the thing about placebos is that they work, and they don't have side effects.

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u/Yuuwaho 9d ago

Not if you believe there’s side effects.

Nocebo effect go brrrr.

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u/WillTFB 9d ago

Placebos could have side effects

"Sir, you're going to take one of these pills before each meal"

"They'll take care of my stomach aches?"

"Yeah, but if they start causing any kind of muscle aching or headaches, come to see me again"

If you ran an experiment like that I'd bet there'd be a small yet statistically significant amount of people who would feel those side effects.

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u/stumbling_forward 9d ago

There was an experiment that compared outcomes amongst patients who had arthroscopic knee surgery vs patients who got a placebo surgery and the outcomes were the same. And like ten years later, the outcomes were still the same.

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u/elvishfiend 9d ago

What's the bet it was the Rehab exercises that made all the difference?

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u/Meecus570 9d ago

Placebo surgery? That's fucked up!

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u/chiniwini 9d ago

Is it? I think the fucked up part is the real surgery, when a placebo one is just as effective (in this case).

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u/animazed 9d ago

I wonder if they charged the same price for both. That’d also be pretty fucked up.

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u/IceFromHell 9d ago

If it's a study there is a chance they didn't charged for the procedure itself. If they did, they had to charge the same or the blinding of the control would be lost.

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u/nyetloki 9d ago

Negative placebo effect, the nocebo, is a real and studied phenomenon in drug trials. Apparently it's worse than the placebo because people report/believe negative effects quicker

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u/meraero2 9d ago Silver Gold All-Seeing Upvote Bravo! Got the W

Rearrange the caps to make red pills and blue pills. Play The Matrix with your friends whenever they get a headache.

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u/Teripid 9d ago Wholesome (Pro)

"Neo.. you didn't have to take that as a suppository. "

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u/DadJokeBadJoke 9d ago All-Seeing Upvote

"For all the good that suppository did, I could have shoved it up my ass."

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u/Braincain007 9d ago edited 9d ago Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Narwhal Salute

I actually discovered this same thing last night and did exactly The thing you said. I spent an hour and have a small bottle of red and blue pills.

Edit: Damn why do people jump to the conclusion that I am a liar/there is something wrong with me. I was watching a video about the Matrix, saw the Tylenol, thought "what if?", figured out it worked, and did it mindlessly while watching YouTube.

Picture for those asking

Edit 2: It has been a long day, but one last edit for you. Thanks to all the kind people responding positively! It really makes my day that people like you still exist on the internet. To the people that decided to delete their comments after I provided proof, I forgive you. :)

I'm off to bed now. Soon I have to Wake up.

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u/pfabs 9d ago Platinum All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Starry Narwhal Salute Evil Cackle Lawyer Up Spit-take

Now you just need friends.

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u/sbear37 9d ago edited 9d ago Silver Gold Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Bravo! Wholesome Seal of Approval

The real friends were the pills we made along the way.

Thx for the awards, friends

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u/Scaniatex 9d ago

Yes, yes they are.

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u/clitpuncher69 9d ago

if pill not friend why friend shaped?

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u/Scaniatex 9d ago

Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?

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u/JCBh77 9d ago

They WERE

I miss my homies they keep getting lost in my nose

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u/Rydralain 9d ago

Lie still little bottle Shake my shakey hands Black coffee's not enough for me I need a better friend

One pill out the bottle Singin' my favorite song I know I must investigate I hope that I can sing along

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u/Lanzo2 9d ago

The friends come when you start to see a light

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u/meat_sword 9d ago

I think that's a migraine

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u/Zkenny13 9d ago

Or you took to much tylenol

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u/LaconicLacedaemonian 9d ago

It's okay, I washed it down with some vodka.

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u/SmokeAbeer 9d ago edited 9d ago

I like to mix them all together. I call it a Purple Russian.

Edit: Don’t mix pills and alcohol. In case anyone needs to know that.

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u/Braincain007 9d ago

Damn, ya got me

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u/how_do_i_land 9d ago

And some burn cream

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u/Beginning-Idea2170 9d ago

That’s when we find out the colored shell is actually the medicine, and the interior pill is just for structural support lol

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u/Entity0027 9d ago

Or a placebo.

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u/OutOfStamina 8d ago

Load bearing pills.

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u/AnAncientMonk 9d ago

king edit. show these nonbelievers

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u/thejustducky1 9d ago

Damn why do so many people jump to the conclusion that I am a liar/there is something wrong with me.

That's redditors for you... if they aren't calling it fake they're judging you for it. Doesn't help that reddit is chock full of toxic hate subs.

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u/dali01 9d ago

I love it when someone gets called out and comes back with proof. Something satisfying about seeing the pitchforks stowed and torches extinguished.

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u/The_Minstrel_Boy 9d ago

Or stack three pill halves on a virus of the same colour to kill it.

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u/blitz43p 9d ago

Itsa Me uh

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u/ThePantser 9d ago

Chris Pratt!

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u/lostharbor 9d ago

God dammit... i need to stop ordering off of Wish.

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u/MrBobaFett 9d ago

I'm pretty sure one of them is just a little smaller than the other so they nest. So I don't think that would work. (Or it might be tapered)

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u/DeusExHircus 9d ago

Probably exactly the same size. Look, they don't even connect, the gray band is the original tablet underneath

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u/handsy_octopus 9d ago

As a pharmacist this bothers me way too much... I've never seen such bullshit

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u/RandomCandor 9d ago

If it's any consolation, it probably wasn't a pharmacist that came up with the idea

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u/DeusExHircus 9d ago

That gray band is part of the look of name brand Tylenol capsules. This probably gives manufacturing engineers a stiffy because someone came up with such a simple, cheap, elegant way of copying the look of the original by using less material

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u/Tossallthethings 9d ago

Have to admit, I would be very proud of myself.

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u/bionicmook 9d ago

You’re probably right, but you could probably finagle it to fit. I used to make giant straws at Wendy’s when I was a kid. Just gotta freak it right.

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u/brucecampbellschins 9d ago

I'd guess the capsule shell makes it easier for some people to swallow. Notice how when they get wet they get very slippery.

edit: found a site claiming, "Capsules are easier to swallow and are used by manufacturers when the drug cannot be compacted into a solid tablet. They are also useful when the drug needs to be mixed with oil or other liquid to aid absorption in the body."

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u/nakfe 9d ago

Probably helps with avoiding the taste also.

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u/meontheinternetxx 9d ago

Yes! At least if fully closed. I had to take antibiotics that came in capsules. I asked if opening them was ok (because I am terrible at swallowing them) and they said it didn't matter.

It was just for the taste. Oh my, the taste. It was the definition of bitter.

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u/fullywokevoiddemon 9d ago

All fun and games until the paracetamol touches your tongue. My god ITS AWFUL.

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u/BENDOWANDS 9d ago

The worst one I've ever had is Mucinex D. The big 1200mg pill, the taste is so bad. And the fact it's a massive pill makes it so much worse to get swallowed.

But, the relief it gives is unparalleled most of the time (for me, different drugs for different people of course)

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u/yabadass 9d ago Gold Helpful

Everyone needs to know that filling your mouth with liquid before adding a pill to swallow makes taking pills so much easier and also reduces the chance to taste the pill. If I can help one person learn this it was all worth it.

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u/BENDOWANDS 9d ago

I've always done that, people give me crap for it all the time "that's not how to take medicine", "water after the pill", etc are all things I've heard way to much.

I don't get not putting water in your mouth first, but hey... I'm not the one having to taste every single pill I ever take.

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u/Corno4825 9d ago

You always fill the bowl before you shit so that it doesn't smear everywhere.

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u/BENDOWANDS 9d ago

Good analogy. I like it

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u/VonnWillebrand 9d ago

Instructions unclear, currently shitting into a dry mouth.

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u/Corgiopteryx 9d ago

Water, pill, water is how I've always done it. Rarely even feel the pill, let alone taste it!

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u/hiddencamela 9d ago

Do they understand that if one does not salivate much, it just sticks to the throat/tongue?
Also.. pretty sure saliva will dissolve the tablet/gel a tiny bit faster.

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u/CRINGE_DETECTED 9d ago

Yeah as an occasional dry pill taker it sometimes sticks to your tongue and dissolves a little xd

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u/foundinwonderland 9d ago

Yes! I had to relearn how to take pills as a preteen because I had an orthodontic expander that changed the shape of my soft palate. Struggled for years before I figured out the water THEN pill strategy. I’ve found that it works better with tablets than with capsules, because the capsules tend to float so sometimes they hit the back of your throat kinda weird, but overall, water then pill all the way.

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u/penguinophile 9d ago

Stupid trick with the floating capsules, look down and then swallow them, they’ll float to the back of your mouth

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u/thriftylol 9d ago

This guy swallows

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u/Pliskin01 9d ago

Jesus, such a simple strategy. I take floaty pills every day and never considered doing this. Thank you!

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u/foundinwonderland 9d ago

OH MY GOD why didn’t I think of this. Usually I’ll just make sure not to tilt my head back and hope for the best, this is GENIUS.

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u/LOAARR 9d ago

Ever since I was a kid, I've always used a tiny bit of water before the pills and then a mouthful after. Seemed intuitive enough to me, never had a problem taking the largest of pills or handfuls of vitamins.

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u/CRINGE_DETECTED 9d ago

I have no problems swallowing pills but I recently discovered this, just prefer it now

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u/ShearGenius89 9d ago

Ive been taking gabapentin for ~10 years and at some point I was moved to a high enough dose that they no longer offer it in capsules. The tablet I had to take was like dried paint thinner pressed into a horse pill. It was so astringent and bitter, I had to get another prescription of lower dose capsules and take 2 at once.

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u/BILOXII-BLUE 9d ago

Don't people usually switch to Lyrica if they need that much gaba? It's very chemically similar and much more concentrated

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u/combuchan 9d ago

I have bad acid indigestion and once coughed up a partially dissolved ibuprofen liquigel. That acridness is so unforgettable I'm surprised I actually had a throat left.

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u/SmokeSerpent 9d ago

Bare ibuprofen is one of the worst ones. That's why usually even the cheap stuff if it doesn't have an actual candy shell kind of has a sweet shellac on it. I ended up with some prescription ones that had no protection once and they were so bad tasting.

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u/jamesonm1 9d ago

I’m convinced there’s nothing more bitter than prednisone. Wish they’d put that in capsules. Maybe they do now.

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u/nerve-stapled-drone 9d ago

One time I put an Advil liquid gel capsule in my mouth to swallow, but then I couldn’t find my water. By the time I found my drink the capsule leaked on my tongue and it was the literal worst taste ever

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u/nnutcase 9d ago

This one time I spilled M&Ms in my purse and continued reacching in and eating them while driving. I totally forgot that I keep loose advils in a pocket inside of my purse. I must have reached and picked an advil, chewed it up like it was an M&M, and suddenly needed to pull over BECAUSE OH MY GOD, I HAVE NEVER TASTED ANYTHING MORE SHOCKINGLY BITTER IN MY LIFE. The flavor just coated my entire mouth and would NOT go away for probably an hour, no matter how much water and food I tried to wash it down with.

Wtf, advil coating is more delicious than any other pill, but holy crap, do they have a secret

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u/mkbilli 9d ago

That looks like a coated tablet, you shouldn't get a bitter taste.

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u/FailedCriticalSystem 9d ago

It can also help wait until pill gets past the stomach as some pills upset folks stomach.

Enteric coating is a common procedure in the development of oral pharmaceutical dosage forms. The main advantage of enteric coating is that it protects the drug from acidic pH and enzymatic degradation in the stomach while protecting it from the undesirable effects of some drugs

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u/spelkingerror 9d ago

Also helps prevent pill esophagitis

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u/mightylordredbeard 9d ago

Is that when you swallow something it feels like it’s still stuck in your throat?

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u/_JuicyPop 9d ago edited 9d ago

Essentially.

I have eosinophillic esophagitis and it's a pain in the ass to swallow pills because my esophagus is "corregated" like you might see on a flexible plastic rain gutter.

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u/integrate_2xdx_10_13 9d ago

“I can’t swallow food, never mind pills”

“You’re being a baby”

one endoscopy later

“Holy fuck. We need to stretch out that throat and check you annually for cancer”

Good old NHS.

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u/NebulaNinja 9d ago

Yoooo! This is no joke! I used to be fine swallowing pills without water until I took a Tylenol once and it didn't go down all the way. I took a nap and woke up and it totally screwed up my throat for weeks. Imagine that feeling when you swallow a chip wrong but it's every time you swallow. I probably should have got it checked out.. but it got better on it's own eventually.

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u/JahnBitWaf 9d ago

Live and let live, that's my pill esophagy.

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u/Taolan13 9d ago

True of capsules, but rhis is a "caplet"

Caplets are this: a capsule shell used to enclose a tablet.

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u/DookieShoez 9d ago

Makes it look like the real tylenol rapid release

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u/Ken_from_Barbie 9d ago Gold Helpful Take My Energy Take My Money hehehehe Starry Ally Heartwarming Burning Cash Table Slap Evil Cackle Eureka! Wholesome (Pro)

You can save the shells and puth meth in them so it's easier to use at work

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u/Lexaprofessional1998 9d ago Silver Gold Wholesome Heartwarming Wink Wink

Thanks! ☺️

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u/Prinzka 9d ago Wholesome

The wholesome blush 🤣

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u/Somnacanth 9d ago edited 9d ago

👉😊👉

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u/Prinzka 9d ago

👈😊👈

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u/Corruptotron 9d ago

👆😋👆

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u/Automatic-Formal-601 9d ago

Whats going on

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u/MuteStarNeet 9d ago

I say hey whats going on?

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u/thewick_39 9d ago

HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA

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u/DannyDoubleTap47 9d ago

And so I wake in the morning And I step outside And I take a deep breath and I get real high And I scream from the top of my lungs…

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u/MuteStarNeet 9d ago

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u/wiptes167 9d ago

(☞゚ヮ゚)☞

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u/BelkanWarHero 9d ago

(☞ヮ゚)☞

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u/stumpybubba 9d ago

╰⋃╯ლ(´ڡ`ლ)

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u/innominateartery 9d ago

👇😙👇

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u/Drarok 9d ago

Zoop!

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u/FibonaccisGrundle 9d ago

Zoop!

that meme is six years old now

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u/Drarok 9d ago edited 9d ago

Fuck, I’m old.

Edit: “only” 5 and a bit, ackshewally.

https://reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7ddjaw/_/dpxaos1/?context=1

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u/Dr_Troglodyte 9d ago

The gel capsule becomes slippery when wet and makes it easier to swallow, especially for the elderly.

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u/GeneralKenobyy 9d ago

Meanwhile my 1/4 sized esophagus says no to basically any type of tablets lmao

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u/Shaunvfx 9d ago

Hahahaha this is hilarious

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u/chris-guy 9d ago

The two halves are the same size so they don’t nest properly. Rookie mistake.

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u/breakfastburrito24 9d ago

The real life pro tip is always in the comments. 🙏

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u/InternetPharaoh 9d ago

Eh. Seen it before over on /r/meth.

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u/Kagdama 9d ago

This guy meths

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u/Carloscj6 9d ago

Don't meth around

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u/dynastydeadeye 9d ago

Don’t meth around

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u/The_RockObama 9d ago

Mike Tyson went to the strip club once.

But they were clothed for the evening.

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u/mentive 9d ago

Holy crap... I had to click over to it out of curiosity. Yikes.

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u/InternetPharaoh 9d ago

Watch out for /r/cocainewithoutcommunism after their split with /r/cocaine over all the communism.

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u/SophiaofPrussia 9d ago

This is very confusing because the top post on the (alleged) “communist” cocaine sub is a mod post telling people if they need money they can’t post there asking their fellow sub members to help. If they’re communists it kind of seems like they’re communisming wrong?

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u/lasyke3 9d ago edited 9d ago

If you really wanna get in the ideological weeds, you could argue that they're engaging in charity, and charity is a bourgeois construct.

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u/MikeofLA 9d ago

Or to take a bunch of coke on a plane. Contrary to popular expectations, the dogs at airports are trained to detect explosives, not drugs (your mileage may vary, I'm just a guy on the internet)

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u/fuck_huffman 9d ago

dogs at airports

In Hawaii there was an agriculture, just a little pooch.

Miami has (or used to) a cigar dog looking for those Cubans.

Here in Utah who have a kiddie porn dog trained to sniff out hard drives, phones, USB sticks, SD cards and such.

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u/Codeofconduct 9d ago

Is your comment about Utah a joke? I can't tell lol

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u/webby2538 9d ago

Wait you carry a phone on you at the airport?

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u/Pickleliver 9d ago

Going out for ice cream is considered Mormon foreplay.

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u/fuck_huffman 9d ago

I can't tell lol

Feels like the Onion huh?

True story.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/utah-police-now-have-a-kiddie-porn-sniffing-dog

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u/Mffr 9d ago

Ok I’m very confused by this. Doesn’t everyone have a cell phone? Or like idk a tablet or something for entertainment in flight? How the hell can the dog differentiate?

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u/gophergun 9d ago

It can't. I think the idea is probably seeing if someone has electronics that seem hidden.

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u/Ken_from_Barbie 9d ago

I took 2.5 g of crystal meth thru tsa in a pill fob attached to my carry on zipper. No one took it away from me, fam

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u/MikeofLA 9d ago

That and the TSA has come right out and said they don't care if you take weed from a legal state into a prohibition state. Add to that, their point of existence is security (theatre) not drug law enforcement.... CUSTOMS on the other hand... Do Not Bring Drugs Through Customs.

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u/Ken_from_Barbie 9d ago

Noted. I'm actually almost 2 years sober now tho

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u/slipshady 9d ago

I flew across country borders with acid, not my best decision in hindsight, but was easy to do because it’s tiny pieces of paper.

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u/maryfisherman 9d ago

You shouldn’t do meth on an airplane!

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u/Craw__ 9d ago Take My Energy

You sound just like my Co-Pilot.

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u/Backpedal 9d ago

Jesus?

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u/NanoPope 9d ago

Take the wheel

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u/MikeofLA 9d ago

who said anything about doing it on the plane. Might want to get all spun in whatever city you're traveling to.

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u/ShadowBomber 9d ago

Wow I'm pretty positive this whole thread is the funniest thing reddit has ever done

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u/barryandorlevon 9d ago

Finally, some truly mildly interesting content.

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u/TotallyInOverMyHead 9d ago

Red pill ? Blue pill ? on second thought, one half of both.

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u/Lexaprofessional1998 9d ago

Take the only true pill, the gray pill.

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u/Beaveropolis 9d ago

Instead of staying in or leaving the Matrix, where does the grey pill take you? Hoboken, NJ?

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u/Lexaprofessional1998 9d ago

Statesboro Georgia apparently

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u/barbald543 9d ago

The DMV.

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u/SnooConfections4719 9d ago

You better stack them with the same color in columns 4 times to eliminate bacteria

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u/nyetloki 9d ago

I dont know where you got your doctorate, MR. Mario

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u/pussycatlolz 9d ago Kiss

"my pirin tablets!"

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u/Narezza 9d ago

That’s an immediate release capsule. Marketing says the tablet has fewer binders in it so as soon as your stomach breaks through the gelcap, the tablet will fall dissolve pretty quickly and hopefully be absorbed faster than a standard tablet.

You can take without the gelcap covering, but it’ll probably taste bad and may start coming apart before you swallow if you’re too slow.

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u/cookletube 9d ago

PSA TO NOT MESS WITH CAPSULES

Sometimes drugs, if ingested directly into the stomach, can cause damage to the stomach lining. They're coated with capsules so that the drug may be protected from the stomach acid for a short period of time before making it to the intestines where it then breaks down to be absorbed. This may not always be the case but it's a good general rule of thumb to not break them open.

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u/[deleted] 9d ago

Anyone live through the Tylenol murders? we bought nothing that was not demonstrably sealed and they had people showing their new packaging in the store because no one bought any drugs for months
I bet the FDA remembers

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u/Raspbers 9d ago

Was about to comment " I remember that." Only to google and see it happened 7 years before I was born. Most definitely watched something about it though. xD

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u/wheresthebody 9d ago edited 9d ago

Anyone else hearing the dr mario music?

Edit: I have to add that I can probably kick your ass at this game

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u/aircooledJenkins 9d ago

That music is frighteningly easy to recall.

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u/XIphos12 9d ago

Better ingredients. Better pills. Papa Walgreen's.

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u/funtimefrankie1 9d ago

You now have two large condoms.

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u/SixtoMidnight_ 9d ago

That's average

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u/9hNova 9d ago

It's labled. It has an "L" on it for large and a "5" for the number of times you can use it before changing it.

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u/FailedCriticalSystem 9d ago

That sucks, I normally strive for an dozen uses. Flip it over and its good as new

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u/yuzhnan 9d ago

I told my bros this 🤏 is 6 in and no one believes me! Thanks Reddit, I needed the self validation.

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u/Deslah 9d ago

Gelatin shells provide an means of 1) protecting the contents from light, atmospheric oxygen, contamination and microbial growth, 2) protecting the swallower's throat and 3) masking the taste and odor on the way down.

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u/69420trashpanda69420 9d ago

The shell’s purpose is to make the outside slick when wet so it’s easier to swallow

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u/jonathanlake91 9d ago

Could be an enteric coating (EC) it’s so the acids in your stomach don’t destroy or alter the medication while travelling to the intestine where it can be absorbed

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u/DubyaShrub 9d ago

having the caplet exposed between the halves of the capsule means it's irrelevant as a way to bypass gastric degradation

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u/Columbus43219 9d ago

That looks like when I try to wear the same shirts from 40 pounds ago.

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u/[deleted] 9d ago edited 9d ago

Not with the middle exposed, no. Tylenol dissolves incredibly easily in water, nevermind stomach acid. It will all leach out in probably less than a minute and just leave the empty capsule.

It's probably to help with swallowing though, rather that for cosmetics. Due to how immediately Tylenol tablets start to break down (dissolving, as above), they can be a bit sticky and hard to get down. The caps just need to stay on for that.

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u/BFeely1 9d ago

Capsules are made from gelatin. An enteric coating would be something like shellac that a tablet would be dipped in for that effect.

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u/PM_ME_CUTE_FEMBOYS 9d ago

Gelcaps do help it go down easier, at least in my experience between gelcaps and compressed pills.

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u/the_steffie 9d ago

I have those too but i switched the ends of them so i can feel like im in the matrix.