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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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Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine Elixir Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine Elixir
Generic Name: Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine Elixir (ah-seet-ah-MIN-oh-fen/byoo-TAL-bi-tal/kaf-EEN) Brand Name: Dolgic LQAcetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine Elixir is used for:Relieving tension headaches. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. How these medicines more...

Chlorpropamide Chlorpropamide
Pronouncation: (klor-PRO-puh-mide) Class: Sulfonylurea Trade Names: Diabinese - Tablets 100 mg - Tablets 250 mg APO-Chlorpropamide (Canada) Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Decreases blood glucose by stimulating insulin release from pancreas. Pharmacokinetics Absorption Rapidly absorbed. T max is 2 more...

interferon alfa-n3 injectable interferon alfa-n3 injectable
Generic Name: interferon alfa-n3 (injectable) (in ter FEAR on AL fa N 3) Brand Names: Alferon N What is interferon alfa-n3? Interferon alfa-n3 is a protein. Interferons are released in the body in response to viral infections. Interferons are important for fighting viruses in the body, f more...

Lidocaine Parenteral-Local Lidocaine Parenteral-Local
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Carbocaine 7 Carbocaine with Neo-Cobefrin 7 Chirocaine 5 Citanest Forte 8 Citanest Plain 8 Dalcaine 6 Dilocaine 6 Duranest 4 Duranest-MPF 4 Isocaine 7 L-Caine 6 Lidoject-1 6 Lidoject-2 6 Marcaine 2 Marcaine Spinal 2 Nesacaine 3 Nesacaine-MP more...

Lopinavir/Ritonavir Lopinavir/Ritonavir
Pronouncation: (loe-PIN-a-vir/rit-OH-na-vir) Class: Protease inhibitor combination Trade Names: Kaletra - Capsules lopinavir 133.3 mg/ritonavir 33.3 mg - Solution, oral lopinavir 80 mg/ritonavir 20 mg/mL Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Lopinavir inhibits HIV protease, the enzyme required to form f more...

Neupro transdermal Neupro transdermal
Generic Name: rotigotine (transdermal) (roe TIG oh teen) Brand Names: Neupro What is rotigotine? Rotigotine has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease. Rotigo more...

Oxycodone Oxycodone
Generic Name: Oxycodone hydrochloride Dosage Form: Tablets CII Rx only Oxycodone Description Oxycodone Hydrochloride Tablets, USP are an opioid analgesic. Each tablet for oral administration contains 15 mg or 30 mg of Oxycodone hydrochloride USP. Oxycodone hydrochloride is a white, odorless cry more...

PreviDent 5000 Sensitive PreviDent 5000 Sensitive
Generic Name: Sodium Fluoride/Potassium Nitrate (SOE-dee-um FLUR-ide/po-TAS-ee-um NYE-trate) Brand Name: PreviDent 5000 SensitivePreviDent 5000 Sensitive is used for:Preventing tooth decay. It is also used to help reduce painful sensitivity of the teeth to touch; sweets; or hot, cold, or acidic more...