The Purpose of Enteric Coating

New Jersey resident John Botzolakis holds a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a doctor of philosophy in industrial-physical pharmacy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. John Botzolakis leverages his education and more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and nutrition sectors to lead Soma Labs, a developer and manufacturer of nutritional products.

One of the products available through Soma Labs is enteric coated tablets and capsules, which are oral medications or supplements coated with a polymer that minimizes dissolution as the tablet travels through the body to the small intestine. Without enteric coating, the product can prematurely dissolve in the stomach, causing irritation, instability of the active components and/or lower absorption.

Because enteric coating is made to withstand acidic environments and break down only in non-acidic, or alkaline conditions, a tablet or capsule should always be taken whole to maintain efficacy. Crushing the product is not recommended, as it can reduce the strength of a product. Enteric coating is often used in aspirin as well as arthritis medications. In addition, it is used in certain nutritional supplements, such as fish oil, to ease consumption and eliminate aftertaste.