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Pill Identifier: Why and How to Identify Your Medication

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   Pharmacists and other health care professionals are diligent about ensuring that patients receive the correct medication. However, they are human, and once in a while they make mistakes. The doctor may prescribe the wrong dose or the wrong medication. Pharmacy staff may misinterpret the prescription or the wrong medication may be dispensed. There are several checks and balances to minimize medication errors, but sometimes the checks and balances fail. Medication errors can cause serious consequences.

What should you, the prudent consumer do to protect yourself? You should make sure that you have the correct medication. Before the Internet age, pill identification was accomplished by calling a pharmacy or using pill identification books at the local library or bookstore. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to use pill identifiers (pill finder), such as the Drug Index Online Pill Identifier, to ensure that they have the correct medication. You can identify drugs by imprint, color, shape, and brand or generic name. If you do not find a match, you should call your pharmacist. Some generic drugs are manufactured by several manufacturers, and pill identification databases may not have images of all the generic versions.

For pill identifiers to be valuable, you have to know the medication and strength you should have received. Therefore, start by understanding your condition and the medication and dose your doctor has prescribed for you. Using pill identifiers and knowing what medications your doctor has prescribed will prevent you from taking the wrong medication. Pharmacists are no longer the last line of defense against medication errors; consumers are.

Find a picture of your pill using the RxList Pill Identifier Tool. We've also provided Pill Identifier examples of commonly abused drugs and popular medications.

Below is a list of commonly searched medications, click on a link to read patient information on this drug, see pictures of the different pills prescribed, understand the potential side effects, how to take the medication, and what to do if you miss a dose.

REFERENCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Busulfex Busulfex
Generic Name: Busulfan Injection (byoo-SUL-fan) Brand Name: BusulfexBusulfex may cause severe bone marrow depression, which can reduce the body's ability to fight infection or cancer. Lab tests will be required to monitor therapy. Busulfex may also cause a type of severe anemia (aplastic anemi more...

Caladryl Clear Caladryl Clear
Generic Name: Camphor/Pramoxine/Zinc (KAM-for/pram-OX-een/ZINK) Brand Name: Examples include Caladryl Clear and Clear CalamineCaladryl Clear is used for:Treating irritation and itching associated with skin conditions such as insect bites, minor cuts or irritation, or poison ivy, oak, or sumac. more...

Coated Coated
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Acuprin 81 1 Amigesic 8 Anacin Caplets 2 Anacin Maximum Strength 2 Anacin Tablets 2 Anaflex 750 8 Arthritis Pain Ascriptin 3 Arthritis Pain Formula 3 Arthritis Strength Bufferin 3 Arthropan 5 Aspergum 1 Aspirin Regimen Bayer Adult Low Dose more...

Ethmozine Ethmozine
Generic Name: Moricizine (mor-IH-siz-een) Brand Name: EthmozineEthmozine sometimes produces new irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). Therefore, it should be used in carefully selected patients. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Ethmozine is used for:Treating irregular hear more...

Guanabenz Guanabenz
Generic Name: Guanabenz (GWAHN-a-benz) Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.Guanabenz is used for:Treating high blood pressure. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Guanabenz is an alpha agonist. It works b more...

Ketorolac Ketorolac
Generic Name: Ketorolac Injection (kee-toe-ROLE-ak) Brand Name: ToradolKetorolac is only intended for short-term (up to 5 days) treatment of moderately severe pain. It should not be used to treat minor or long-term pain. Do not use more of Ketorolac than prescribed. Doing so will not make the more...

Levofloxacin Eye Drops Levofloxacin Eye Drops
Generic Name: Levofloxacin Eye Drops 0.5% (lee-voe-FLOX-ah-sin) Brand Name: QuixinLevofloxacin Eye Drops is used for:Treating eye infections caused by bacteria sensitive to Levofloxacin Eye Drops. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Levofloxacin Eye Drops is a more...

Progestasert Progestasert
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Progestasert † Not commercially available in Canada. Category Contraceptive, intrauterine-local Description A progesterone intrauterine device (proe-JES-ter-one IN-tra-YOU-ta-rin de-VICE) (also called an IUD) is inserted by more...