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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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bumetanide bumetanide
Generic Name: bumetanide (byoo MEH tah nide) Brand Names: Bumex What is bumetanide? Bumetanide is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed in your urine. Bumetanide treats fluid retention (edema) in people w more...

Clarithromycin Clarithromycin
Pronouncation: (kluh-RITH-row-MY-sin) Class: Macrolide Antibiotic Trade Names: Biaxin - Tablets 250 mg - Tablets 500 mg - Granules for oral suspension 125 mg per 5 mL after reconstitution - Granules for oral suspension 250 mg per 5 mL after reconstitution Trade Names: Biaxin XL - Tablets, extended- more...

Ergotamine Ergotamine
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Belcomp-PB 5 Cafergot 3 D.H.E. 45 1 Ergocaff-PB 5 Ergomar 2 Migergot 3 Migracet-PB 5 Wigraine 3 In Canada— Cafergot 3 D.H.E. 1 Ergodryl 8 Gravergol 7 Note: For quick reference, the following ergot derivative-containing headach more...

Fosinopril Fosinopril
Generic Name: Fosinopril sodium Dosage Form: Tablets Use in Pregnancy When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, ACE inhibitors can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus. When pregnancy is detected, Fosinopril sodium tablets should be discontinued as soon as pos more...

Iodine, Strong Iodine, Strong
Another commonly used name in the U.S. and Canada is Lugol's solution . Category Antihyperthyroid agent Iodine replenisher Radiation protectant, thyroid gland Description Strong iodine (EYE-oh-dine) is used to treat overactive thyroid, iodine deficiency, and to protect the thyroid gland more...

Naropin Naropin
Generic Name: Ropivacaine (roe-PI-va-kane) Brand Name: NaropinNaropin is used for:Causing loss of feeling during surgical procedures, labor, and delivery, or for short-term pain management. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Naropin is a local anesthetic. It more...

Pediacare Cough and Cold Pediacare Cough and Cold
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine (klor feh NEER a meen, dex tro meh THOR fan, and soo doe eh FEH drin) Brand Names: Creomulsion Cough/Cold/Allergy, Nyquil Child Cough and Cold, Pediacare Cough and Cold, Pediacare Nightrest, Rescon-DM, Rhinosyn-DM, Robi more...

Potassium Bitartrate and Sodium Bicarbonate Potassium Bitartrate and Sodium Bicarbonate
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Agoral 35 Alophen 25 Alphamul 30 Alramucil Orange 7 Alramucil Regular 7 Bisac-Evac 25 Black-Draught 26 Black-Draught Lax-Senna 32 Carter's Little Pills 25 Cholac 14 Citroma 16 Citrucel Orange Flavor 3 Citrucel Sugar-Free Orange Flavor 3 Col more...