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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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Airet Airet
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Adrenalin Chloride 3 Airet 1 Alupent 8 Arm-a-Med Isoetharine 6 Arm-a-Med Metaproterenol 8 Asthmahaler Mist 3 AsthmaNefrin 3 Beta-2 6 Brethaire 12 Bronkaid Mist 3 Bronkaid Suspension Mist 3 Bronkometer 6 Bronkosol 6 Dey-Lute Isoetharine 6 De more...

Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol
Generic Name: Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets 28-Day Pack (Continuous) (lee-voe-nor-JES-trel/ETH-i-nil es-tra-DYE-ol) Brand Name: LybrelSmoking cigarettes while using Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol increases your chance of having serious heart problems. Do not smoke while using Levon more...

Levoxyl Levoxyl
Generic name: Levothyroxine Brand names: Unithroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Levothroid Why is Levoxyl prescribed? Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid hormone may be given in any of the following cases: If your own thyroid gland is not making enough hormone; If you have an enlarged thyroid (a goiter) or a more...

Loperamide Loperamide
Generic Name: Loperamide hydrochloride Dosage Form: Capsules Loperamide Description Loperamide hydrochloride is a white to slightly yellow powder and is freely soluble in methanol, isopropyl alcohol, chloroform and slightly soluble in water. Loperamide hydrochloride, 4-(p-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxy- more...

Maxidone Maxidone
Generic name: Hydrocodone bitartrate, Acetaminophen Brand names: Norco, Zydone, Maxidone, Lortab, Lorcet, Hydrocet, Co-Gesic, Anexsia, Vicodin Why is Maxidone prescribed? Vicodin combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderat more...

Mephobarbital Mephobarbital
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Alurate 2 Amytal 1 Barbita 7 Busodium 3 Butalan 3 Butisol 3 Luminal 7 Mebaral 4 Nembutal 6 Sarisol No. 2 3 Seconal 8 Solfoton 7 Tuinal 9 In Canada— Amytal 1 Ancalixir 7 Butisol 3 Mebaral 4 Nembutal 6 Nova Rectal 6 Novopentobarb 6 No more...

Mucobid DM Mucobid DM
Generic Name: dextromethorphan and guaifenesin (dex troe me THOR fan and gwye FEN e sin) Brand Names: Benylin Expectorant, Cheracol-D, Duratuss DM, Fenesin DM, GG-DM SR, Glycotuss-DM, Guaibid DM, Guaifenex DM, Halotussin DM, Iophen DM NR, Mucobid DM, Naldecon DX Liquigel, Relacon LAX, Res more...

Prinzide Prinzide
Generic Name: hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril (hye droe klor oh THYE a zide and lyse IN oh pril) Brand Names: Prinzide, Zestoretic What is Prinzide (hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril)? Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbin more...