26 . May , 2018 - Saturday
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:





acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine
Generic Name: acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine (ah see ta MIH no fin, AH sprin, CAH feen) Brand Names: Excedrin, Excedrin Geltab, Excedrin Migraine, Goodys Extra Strength, Goodys Headache Powders, Supac What is acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine? Acetaminophen is a pain reliever an more...

acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic
Generic Name: acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic (ah SEE tic AH sid and ah LOO mih num AH seh tate OH tic) Brand Names: Domeboro Otic, Star-Otic What is acetic acid and aluminum acetate otic? Acetic acid has antibacterial and antifungal activity. Aluminum acetate helps to reduce itchi more...

Chlorzoxazone Chlorzoxazone
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— EZE-DS 3 Maolate 2 Paraflex 3 Parafon Forte DSC 3 Relaxazone 3 Remular 3 Remular-S 3 Robaxin 5 Robaxin-750 5 Skelaxin 4 Soma 1 Strifon Forte DSC 3 Vanadom 1 In Canada— Robaxin 5 Robaxin-750 5 Soma 1 Note: For quick reference, more...

Dermacort Dermacort
Generic Name: hydrocortisone topical (hye droe KOR ti sone) Brand Names: Acticort 100, Aeroseb-HC, Ala-Cort, Aloe Cort, Aquanil HC, Beta HC, Caldecort, Cetacort, Cort-Dome, Cortaid, Cortane, Corticaine, Corticreme, Cortizone-10, Cortizone-5, Cotacort, Delcort, Dermacort, Dermarest Plus An more...

Fulvicin P/G Fulvicin P/G
Generic name: Griseofulvin Brand names: Gris-PEG, Fulvicin P/G Why is Fulvicin P/G prescribed? Gris-PEG is prescribed for the treatment of the following ringworm infections: Athlete's foot Barber's itch (inflammation of the facial hair follicles) Ringworm of the body Ringworm of the groin and t more...

Lozi-Flur Lozenges Lozi-Flur Lozenges
Generic Name: Sodium Fluoride Lozenges (SO-dee-um FLOR-ide) Brand Name: Lozi-FlurLozi-Flur Lozenges is used for:Preventing cavities in adults and children older than 6 years of age when the amount of fluoride in the water supply is too low. Lozi-Flur Lozenges is a mineral. It works by strengthen more...

Micro-K Micro-K
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Cena-K 5 Effer-K 4 Gen-K 5 Glu-K 6 K-8 5 K+ 10 5 Kaochlor 10% 5 Kaochlor S-F 10% 5 Kaon 6 Kaon-Cl 5 Kaon-Cl-10 5 Kaon-Cl 20% Liquid 5 Kato 5 Kay Ciel 5 Kaylixir 6 K+ Care 5 K+ Care ET 2 K-Dur 5 K-Electrolyte 2 K-G Elixir 6 K-Ide 3 K-Lease 5 more...

Mycamine Mycamine
Generic Name: micafungin sodium Dosage Form: For injection INTRAVENOUS INFUSION (not for IV bolus injection) Description Mycamine is a sterile, lyophilized product for intravenous (IV) infusion that contains micafungin sodium. Micafungin sodium is a semisynthetic lipopeptide (echinocandin) synt more...