01 . November , 2020 - Sunday
Check todays hot topics or new products

Find a Drug: Advanced

Please Sign in or Register

Pill Identifier: Why and How to Identify Your Medication

Big Image

   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

Recent Drug Updates at DrugIndexOnline:





Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin Free Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin Free
Generic Name: Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin Free (ann-tie-HEE-moe-FIH-lic) Brand Name: AdvateAntihemophilic Factor (Recombinant) Plasma/Albumin Free is used for:Preventing and controlling bleeding in patients with hemophilia A (factor VIII deficiency), including in surgical more...

Capoten Capoten
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Accupril 10 Aceon 9 Altace 11 Capoten 2 Lotensin 1 Mavik 12 Monopril 6 Prinivil 7 Univasc 8 Vasotec 4 5 Zestril 7 In Canada— Accupril 10 Altace 11 Capoten 2 Coversyl 9 Inhibace 3 Lotensin 1 Mavik 12 Monopril 6 Prinivil 7 Vasotec 4 5 more...

carbidopa carbidopa
Generic Name: carbidopa (kar bi DOE pa) Brand Names: Lodosyn What is carbidopa? Carbidopa is used with levodopa to treat Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is believed to be related to low levels of a chemical called dopamine (DOE pa meen) in the brain. Levodopa (Dopar, Larodopa) i more...

Dallergy Dallergy
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and phenylephrine (klor fen IR a meen, meth skoe POL a meen, fen il EFF rin) Brand Names: Aerohist Plus, Ah-Chew, Chlor-Mes, Dallergy, Denaze, Duradryl, Durahist PE, DuraTan PE, Extendryl Chews, Histatab PH, Liqui-Allergy, Norel SD, Omnihis more...

Dobutamine Dextrose Dobutamine Dextrose
Generic Name: dobutamine hydrochloride in 5% dextrose Dosage Form: Injection Dobutamine Dextrose Description Dobutamine Hydrochloride in 5% Dextrose Injection is a sterile, nonpyrogenic solution of Dobutamine Hydrochloride, USP and Dextrose, USP in Water for more...

etanercept injectable etanercept injectable
Generic Name: etanercept (injectable) (eh TAH ner cept) Brand Names: Enbrel What is etanercept? Etanercept reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses. Etanercept is used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthri more...

Insulin Isophane (Human Origin) Suspension Insulin Isophane (Human Origin) Suspension
Generic Name: Insulin Isophane (Human Origin) Suspension (IN-su-lin) Brand Name: Examples include Humulin N and Novolin NAny change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision. Changes in purity, strength, brand (manufacturer), type (regular, NPH, lente), species (be more...

Metaxalone Metaxalone
Pronouncation: (me-TAX-a-lone) Class: Skeletal muscle relaxant Trade Names: Skelaxin - Tablets 800 mg Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Mechanism of action not established, but may be caused by general CNS depression. No direct action on the contractile mechanism of striated muscle, the motor endpla more...