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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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Anacobin Anacobin
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Alphamin 2 Cobex 1 Cobolin-M 1 Crystamine 1 Crysti-12 1 Cyanoject 1 Cyomin 1 Hydrobexan 2 Hydro-Cobex 2 Hydro-Crysti-12 2 Hydroxy-Cobal 2 LA-12 2 Neuroforte-R 1 Nascobal 1 Primabalt 1 Rubramin PC 1 Shovite 1 Vibal 1 Vibal LA 2 Vitabee 12 1 more...

Bupropion Extended-Release Tablets Bupropion Extended-Release Tablets
Generic Name: Bupropion Extended-Release Tablets (bue-PROE-pee-on) Brand Name: Wellbutrin XL Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in children and teenagers. The risk may be greater during the first few months that patients take Bupropion Extended-Release Tablets. more...

Butabarbital Butabarbital
Generic Name: Butabarbital Tablets (byoo-tah-BAR-bih-tal) Brand Name: Butisol SodiumButabarbital is used for:Treating sleep disorders. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Butabarbital is a barbiturate. It works by depressing the central nervous system, causin more...

Fragmin Fragmin
Generic Name: Dalteparin (dal-TE-pa-rin) Brand Name: FragminPatients undergoing anesthesia or a spinal puncture (tap) while on Fragmin are at risk for long-term or permanent paralysis. Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any numbness or decreased muscle control. Fragmin is used for:Pr more...

M-Eslon M-Eslon
Note: Palladone (hydromorphone hydrochloride extended release capsules) was suspended from the U.S. market in July 2005 by the manufacturer. Serious side effects were reported when Palladone was taken with alcohol. Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Astramorph PF 10 more...

OptiPranolol OptiPranolol
Generic Name: metipranolol ophthalmic (meh tee PRAH no lol) Brand Names: OptiPranolol What is OptiPranolol (metipranolol ophthalmic)? Metipranolol is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Metipranolol ophthalmic reduces pressure inside the eye. Metipranolol ophthalmic is used to tre more...

Phenelzine Phenelzine
Generic Name: Phenelzine (FEN-el-zeen) Brand Name: Nardil The risk of suicidal thinking and behavior was increased by antidepressant use in short-term studies in children and adolescents with certain psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of Phenelzine or any other antidepressant in more...

Platinol AQ Platinol AQ
Generic Name: Cisplatin (sis-PLA-tin) Brand Name: Platinol AQPlatinol AQ can cause severe kidney problems or allergic reactions. Hearing loss (more common in children), bleeding problems, a decrease in your body's ability to fight infection (weakened immune system), or severe nausea and vomitin more...