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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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Carbidopa Carbidopa
Pronouncation: (CAR-bih-doe-puh) Class: Antiparkinson agent Trade Names: Lodosyn - Tablets 25 mg Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Inhibits peripheral decarboxylation of levodopa, making more levodopa available for transport to brain. Indications and Usage Has no effect as single agent. For use with more...

Cefaclor Extended Release Tablets Cefaclor Extended Release Tablets
Dosage Form: Extended release tablets To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Cefaclor extended-release tablets USP and other antibacterial drugs, Cefaclor extended-release tablets USP should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are pr more...

Coal Tar/Salicylic Acid Shampoo Coal Tar/Salicylic Acid Shampoo
Generic Name: Coal Tar/Salicylic Acid Shampoo (kohl tar/sal-ih-SILL-ik AS-id) Brand Name: Examples include Tarsum and X-Seb T PlusCoal Tar/Salicylic Acid Shampoo is used for:Relieving itching, flaking, irritation, redness, and scaling due to dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis of the more...

Combunox Combunox
Generic Name: ibuprofen and oxycodone (eye byoo PROE fen and ox i KOE done) Brand Names: Combunox What is ibuprofen and oxycodone? Oxycodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Ibuprofen is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ibupr more...

Cytovene-IV Cytovene-IV
Generic Name: ganciclovir sodium Dosage Form: For injection Warning THE CLINICAL TOXICITY OF Cytovene-IV INCLUDES GRANULOCYTOPENIA, ANEMIA AND THROMBOCYTOPENIA. IN ANIMAL STUDIES GANCICLOVIR WAS CARCINOGENIC, TERATOGENIC AND CAUSED ASPERMATOGENESIS. Cytovene-IV IS INDICATED FOR USE ONLY IN THE T more...

Ketek Pak Ketek Pak
Generic Name: telithromycin (tel ith row MY sin) Brand Names: Ketek, Ketek Pak What is Ketek Pak (telithromycin)? Telithromycin is in a group of drugs called antibiotics. Telithromycin helps the body fight infection that is caused by bacteria. Telithromycin is used to treat bacterial in more...

Medi-Lyte Medi-Lyte
Generic Name: Electrolyte Tablets (e-LECK-troe-lite) Brand Name: Examples include Medi-Lyte and Temp TabsMedi-Lyte is used for:Decreasing fatigue, muscle cramps, or heat exhaustion due to excessive sweating. The use of Medi-Lyte for these conditions has not been evaluated or approved by the F more...

Poly-Tussin DM Poly-Tussin DM
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and phenylephrine (klor feh NEER a meen, dex troe meh THOR fan, and feh nill EH frin) Brand Names: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Cough, Atuss DM, Atuss DR, Cerose DM, Coldtuss-DR, Corfen-DM, De-Chlor DM, De-Chlor DR, Dex PC, Ed A-Hist DM, Liq more...