The best thing I've done is to buy my own gel cap machine and crank out 24 capsules at a time.
One thousand "0" gel caps run $18 .. the machine cost me $13.
One can pay 8 cents and up for each Store Bought gel cap .. much cheaper doing it your self. Perhaps 3 to 4 cents a gel cap. If you have the option of a gel cap over a stamped out pill .. the pill could go "right through" without dissolving. The gel cap and powder will get into your system every time. Also, powder such as Garlic and Kelp can be from China and have lead and arsenic .. or be from polluted waters.
My herb company in OR uses herbs that you can verify where they are from as you order. Much safer.
If you get too far from the stone age .. things go haywire.
Some pills include a little baking soda and powdered food acid (citric acid, but could be cream of tartar if you're doing it at home) to allow them to dissolve completely. This used to only be Alka-Seltzer, but lately I saw a generic Tylenol capsule with a little aperture in the side, which fizzed gently into oblivion over the course of a minute or so.
A pill press, of the sort herbalists use, seems to be a viable option for home processing of remedies.
I've also seen people make pills using kneaded, unleavened wheat dough, by stretching a thin membrane around the remedy, keeping it compressed in a little ball, and letting it dry. This latter is sort of like a gelatin capsule, but more of a gluten capsule: it might be more appropriate for vegetarans, but of course less appropriate if a person suffers from celiac disease.
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Mo-om! You're embarassing me! Can you just read a tiny ad like a normal person?