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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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Ativan Ativan
Generic Name: lorazepam Dosage Form: Injection Ativan Description Lorazepam, a benzodiazepine with antianxiety, sedative, and anticonvulsant effects, is intended for the intramuscular or intravenous routes of administration. It has the chemical formula: 7-chloro-5(2-chlorophenyl)-1,3-dihyd more...

Cerebyx Cerebyx
Generic Name: Fosphenytoin (FOS-fen-ih-toe-in) Brand Name: CerebyxCerebyx is used for:Treating certain types of seizures and preventing and treating seizures during surgery of the nervous system. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Cerebyx is an anticonvulsan more...

Clindamycin Topical Clindamycin Topical
Generic Name: clindamycin phosphate Dosage Form: Topical solution, topical gel and topical lotion For External Use Clindamycin Topical Description Clindamycin phosphate topical solution and clindamycin phosphate topical lotion contain clindamycin phosphate, USP, at a concentration equivalent t more...

Cromolyn Sodium Ophthalmic Solution Cromolyn Sodium Ophthalmic Solution
Generic Name: cromolyn sodium Dosage Form: Ophthalmic solution usp, 4% sterile DESCRIPTION Cromolyn Sodium Ophthalmic Solution USP, 4% is a clear, colorless, sterile solution intended for topical ophthalmic use. Cromolyn sodium is represented by the following structural formula: Chemical Name more...

DDAVP DDAVP
Generic Name: desmopressin acetate Dosage Form: Injection DDAVP Description DDAVP® Injection (desmopressin acetate) 4 mcg/mL is a synthetic analogue of the natural pituitary hormone 8-arginine vasopressin (ADH), an antidiuretic hormone affecting renal water conservation. It is chemically defi more...

Deferoxamine Deferoxamine
Generic Name: Deferoxamine mesylate Dosage Form: For injection, usp Fliptop Vials For subcutaneous, intramuscular or intravenous administration. Rx only Deferoxamine Description Deferoxamine mesylate for injection, USP, is an iron-chelating agent, available in vials for intramuscular, subcuta more...

Ketoprofen Extended-Release Capsules Ketoprofen Extended-Release Capsules
Generic Name: Ketoprofen Extended-Release Capsules (KEE-toe-PROE-fen) Brand Name: Oruvail Ketoprofen Extended-Release Capsules is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal heart and blood vessel problems (eg, heart attack, stroke more...

Mezlocillin Mezlocillin
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Amoxil 1 Bactocill 11 Beepen-VK 13 Betapen-VK 13 Bicillin L-A 12 Cloxapen 5 Crysticillin 300 A.S. 12 Dynapen 6 Dycill 6 Geocillin 4 Geopen 4 Ledercillin VK 13 Mezlin 9 Nafcil 10 Nallpen 10 Omnipen 2 Omnipen-N 2 Pathocil 6 Pentids 12 Pen Vee more...