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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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Actifed Sinus Day and Night Actifed Sinus Day and Night
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clotrimazole topical clotrimazole topical
Generic Name: clotrimazole topical (kloe TRIM a zole) Brand Names: Desenex AF Prescription Strength, Fungoid Solution, Lotrimin, Lotrimin Jock Itch Powder, Mycelex, Mycelex OTC What is clotrimazole topical? Clotrimazole topical is an antifungal medication. Clotrimazole topical prevents f more...

Cotazym E.C.S. 20 Cotazym E.C.S. 20
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Cotazym Cotazym-S Creon 5 Creon 10 Creon 20 Enzymase-16 Ilozyme Ku-Zyme HP Lipram 4500 Lipram-CR10 Lipram-PN10 Lipram-UL12 Lipram-PN16 Lipram-UL18 Lipram-CR20 Lipram-UL20 Lipram-PN20 Pancoate Pancrease Pancrease MT 4 Pancrease MT 10 Pancrea more...

Fludrocortisone Acetate Fludrocortisone Acetate
Pronouncation: (flew-droe-CORE-tih-sone ASS-uh-TATE) Class: Mineralocorticoid Trade Names: Florinef Acetate - Tablets 0.1 mg Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Exerts salt-retaining (mineralocorticoid) activity by acting on renal distal tubules to enhance reabsorption of sodium and increasing urinary more...

Miacalcin nasal spray Miacalcin nasal spray
Generic Name: calcitonin, salmon Dosage Form: Nasal spray T2006-43 Miacalcin® (calcitonin-salmon) Nasal Spray Rx Only Prescribing Information Miacalcin Description Calcitonin is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the parafollicular cells of the thyroid gland in mammals and by the ultimobran more...

Mykrox Mykrox
Generic name: Metolazone Brand names: Zaroxolyn, Mykrox Why is Mykrox prescribed? Zaroxolyn is a diuretic used in the treatment of high blood pressure and other conditions that require the elimination of excess fluid from the body. These conditions include congestive heart failure and kidney dis more...

Nalbuphine Nalbuphine
Note: Palladone (hydromorphone hydrochloride extended release capsules) was suspended from the U.S. market in July 2005 by the manufacturer. Serious side effects were reported when Palladone was taken with alcohol. Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Astramorph PF 10 more...

Organidin NR Liquid Organidin NR Liquid
Generic Name: Guaifenesin Liquid, Solution, and Syrup (gwye-FEN-eh-sin) Brand Name: Examples include Organidin NR and Robitussin Maximum StrengthOrganidin NR Liquid is used for:Relieving symptoms of an unproductive cough and mucus in the chest due to colds, flu, or hay fever. It may also be use more...