We hear a lot about the coating that painkillers, digestive treatments and other medications often have called an enteric coating, but what is it and what does it do?
Purpose of Enteric Coating
An enteric coating is a substance on the medication to act as a barrier to control where in the digestive system the medication is released, protecting it from the acids of the stomach. Most coatings work by having a surface that remains solid in the highly acidic pH stomach but break down when they enter a less acidic, higher pH, environment such as the small intestine. The measurement pH is how acidic or base substance is on a fourteen point scale, with water being 7.0 and neutral. The stomach is about pH 3, while the small intestine is above pH 5.5.
Enteric Coated Omeprazole to treat Gastric Ulcers
Abler offers enteric coated granules to treat equine gastric ulcers known as AbPrazole and AbPrazole Plus .Since we want the granules, which contains omeprazole, to be delivered to the bloodstream from the small intestine, it has an enteric coating to protect it from the high acidic content of the stomach. This way the medicine is released where we want it for the most effective treatment and is effective for up to 24 hours.
Acidic environment v Neutral environment (Vinegar as Acid and Water as Neutral)