22 . March , 2018 - Thursday
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/Dextromethorphan/Pseudoephedrine Drops Acetaminophen/Dextromethorphan/Pseudoephedrine Drops
Generic Name: Acetaminophen/Dextromethorphan/Pseudoephedrine Drops (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen/dex-troe-meth-OR-fan/sue-doe-eh-FED-rin) Brand Name: Tylenol Infants Plus Cold/CoughAcetaminophen/Dextromethorphan/Pseudoephedrine Drops is used for:Relieving pain, congestion, and cough due to colds, flu, or more...

Citrate of Magnesia Citrate of Magnesia
Generic Name: magnesium citrate (mag NEE see um SIH trate) Brand Names: Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma What is Citrate of Magnesia (magnesium citrate)? Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. Magnes more...

Dexbrompheniramine , Pseudoephedrine, and Acetaminophen Dexbrompheniramine , Pseudoephedrine, and Acetaminophen
Some commonly used brand names are: In the U.S.— Actifed Cold & Sinus Caplets 3 Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Liqui-Gels 3 Benadryl Allergy/Sinus Headache Caplets 6 Children's Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom 3 Comtrex Allergy-Sinus 3 Comtrex Allergy-Sinus Caplets 3 Contac Allergy/Sinus N more...

Donepezil Donepezil
Pronouncation: (doh-NEP-e-zil) Class: Cholinesterase inhibitor Trade Names: Aricept - Tablets 5 mg - Tablets 10 mg - Tablets, orally disintegrating 5 mg - Tablets, orally disintegrating 10 mg Mechanism of Action Pharmacology Increases acetylcholine by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, thereby increa more...

Doxercalciferol Capsules Doxercalciferol Capsules
Generic Name: Doxercalciferol Capsules (dox-ehr-kal-SIFF-eh-role) Brand Name: HectorolDoxercalciferol Capsules is used for:Lowering elevated parathyroid hormone levels in patients who have chronic kidney disease, including those undergoing kidney dialysis. Doxercalciferol Capsules is a synthetic more...

Elocon Cream Elocon Cream
Generic Name: Mometasone Cream and Ointment (moe-MET-a-sone) Brand Name: EloconElocon Cream is used for:Treating itching, redness, and swelling of many skin conditions. Elocon Cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions and modifying immune reactions in the bod more...

Gantrisin Gantrisin
Generic name: Sulfisoxazole acetyl Brand names: Gantrisin Why is Gantrisin prescribed? Gantrisin is a children's medication prescribed for the treatment of severe, repeated, or long-lasting urinary tract infections. These include pyelonephritis (bacterial kidney inflammation), pyelitis (inflamma more...

Oruvail Oruvail
Generic Name: ketoprofen (kee toe PROE fen) Brand Names: Actron, Orudis, Orudis KT, Oruvail What is Oruvail (ketoprofen)? Ketoprofen is in a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ketoprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the more...