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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 and propoxyphene acetaminophen and propoxyphene
Generic Name: acetaminophen and propoxyphene (a SEET a MIN oh fen and proe POX i feen) Brand Names: Balacet, Darvocet A500, Darvocet-N 100, Darvocet-N 50, Propacet 100, Wygesic What is acetaminophen and propoxyphene? Propoxyphene is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Ace more...

Allopurinol Allopurinol
Generic Name: Allopurinol Tablets (al-oh-PURE-i-nole) Brand Name: ZyloprimAllopurinol is used for:Treating gout. It is used to treat high uric acid levels in the blood or urine caused by certain types of cancer chemotherapy. It is also used to treat certain patients with calcium oxalate kidney more...

Codimal DM Codimal DM
Generic Name: dextromethorphan, phenylephrine, and pyrilamine (dex troe meh THOR fan, feh nill EH frin, pie RIH la meen) Brand Names: Codal-DM Syrup, Codimal DM, Codituss DM, Poly Hist DM What is Codimal DM (dextromethorphan, phenylephrine, and pyrilamine)? Dextromethorphan is a cough s more...

Dimenhydrinate Dimenhydrinate
Generic Name: Dimenhydrinate Injection (dye-men-HYE-dri-nate) Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.Dimenhydrinate is used for:Preventing and treating nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Dimenhy more...

DynaCirc DynaCirc
Generic Name: isradipine Dosage Form: Capsules DynaCirc Description DynaCirc® (isradipine) is a calcium antagonist available for oral administration in capsules containing 2.5 mg or 5 mg. The structural formula of isradipine is: Chemically, isradipine is 3,5-Pyridinedicarboxylic acid, 4-(4- more...

Ferragen Ferragen
Generic Name: multivitamins with iron (mull tee VYE tah mins with i ron) Brand Names: Allbee-C 800 with Iron, Anemagen, Anemagen FA, Bugs Bunny with Iron Chewable, Chromatinic, Contrin, Dayalets Plus Iron, Diatx Fe, Equi-Roca Plus, Equicyte Plus, Fe-Tinic 150 Forte, Femiron Multi with Iro more...

Kytril Kytril
Generic Name: granisetron hydrochloride Dosage Form: Tablets and oral solution Kytril Description Kytril Tablets and Kytril Oral Solution contain granisetron hydrochloride, an antinauseant and antiemetic agent. Chemically it is endo-N-(9-methyl-9-azabicyclo [3.3.1] non-3-yl)-1-methyl-1H-indazole- more...

Procarbazine Procarbazine
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Matulane In Canada— Natulan Category Antineoplastic Description Procarbazine (pro-KAR-ba-zeen) belongs to the group of medicines known as alkylating agents. It is used to treat some kinds of cancer. Procarbazine is thought more...