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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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Chlorthalidone Chlorthalidone
Generic Name: Chlorthalidone (klor-THAL-ih-dohn) Brand Name: ThalitoneChlorthalidone is used for:Treating high blood pressure. It may be used along with other medicines to treat fluid retention caused by certain conditions (eg, heart failure, liver or kidney problems) or medicines (eg, corticos more...

Deconomed S.R. Deconomed S.R.
Generic Name: chlorpheniramine and pseudoephedrine (klor fen EER a meen and soo doe e FED rin) Brand Names: Aller-Chlor Decongestant, Allerest Maximum Strength, Anamine, Anaplex, Atrohist Pediatric Capsule, Biohist LA, Brexin L.A., Chlor Trimeton Allergy Decongestant, Chlorafed, Chlordrin more...

Demadex Demadex
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Demadex † Not commercially available in Canada. Category Antihypertensive Diuretic Description Torsemide (TORE-se-mide) belongs to the group of medicines called loop diuretics. Torsemide is given to help reduce the amount of more...

Halog-E Halog-E
Generic Name: halcinonide Dosage Form: Cream, usp 0.1% For Topical Use Only.Not For Ophthalmic Use. Halog-E Description The topical corticosteroids constitute a class of primarily synthetic steroids used as anti-inflammatory and antipruritic agents. The steroids in this class include halcinonid more...

Innohep Innohep
Generic Name: Tinzaparin (tin-za-PAR-in) Brand Name: InnohepPooling of clotted blood can occur with Innohep that can result in long-term or permanent paralysis when given with a spinal injection. Innohep is used for:Treating deep vein blood clots in conjunction with warfarin. Innohep is an an more...

K-Dur K-Dur
Generic name: Potassium chloride Brand names: Slow-K, Kaon-CL, K-Dur, K-Tab, Klor-Con, Micro-K Why is K-Dur prescribed? Micro-K is used to treat or prevent low potassium levels in people who may face potassium loss caused by digitalis (Lanoxin), non-potassium-sparing diuretics (such as Diuril an more...

Midazolam Midazolam
Generic Name: Midazolam Injection (meh-DAZE-oh-lam) Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available. Midazolam may cause severe breathing problems (eg, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest), especially when used for sedation in noncritical care settings. Respiratory depression and respirator more...

peppermint peppermint
Generic Name: peppermint (PEH per mint) Brand Names: What is peppermint? The use of peppermint in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care prof more...