Pill Identifier: Which One Do I Take?

Pill Identifier

Prescription Drugs Can Look and Sound Alike

Making mistakes with prescription drugs are very common.  Often times mistakes happen when your doctor gives you a new prescription drug or prescribes a different dosage on your medication. It also can happen when the medications look or sound alike. Adverse reactions to your prescription drugs may result from a mistake from taking the incorrect medication or the wrong dosage.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Here are some Tips to Avoid Medication Errors with a Pill Identifier Tool:

For Example:  These medications look alike.

Drug Name: Hydrocodone Bitartartrate/Acetaminophen 325 MG TAB
Manufacturer: Mallinkrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group.

Drug Name: Ciprofloxin Hydrocholride 500 mg

Manufacturer: Bayer Healthcare Pharmceuticals, Inc.

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Uses:  Ciprofloxacin is used to treat kidney or urinary tract infections.
Uses:    Hydrocodone is used to treat pain.

These prescription names look similar and sound alike. It may be misinterpreted and confused by the pharmacist if the prescription is not written clearly.

Drug Name: CereBrex      Drug Name: Cerebyx
 Drug Name: Cymbalta      Drug Name: Symbyax

Pill Identifier Solutions:

  1.  Make sure you understand what is being prescribed by your doctor. Ask any questions until you are comfortable with the medication.
  2.  Request a paper printout or have your prescription e-prescribed, meaning sent electronically by your provider.
  3.  Check out the prescription vial, pill, or solution.Use our convenient pill identifier tool*.
  4.  Go to our website easydrugcard.com and compare drug prices online. You can compare prices at various pharmacies to find the cheapest medication cost.  Use the following link for our pill identifier and for individual prescription drug information:

*Click for Pharmacy Locator and Drug Pricing Tool. A Pill Identifier and Prescription Drug Information tab is on the right of the prescription name on the Drug Pricing Tool 

Pill Identifier Tips:

  • Ask Questions of your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Check prescription to insure accuracy, dosage and drug.
  • Write down notes from your doctor visit to make sure you know what you are supposed to be taking and how often.
  • If something doesn’t seem correct, bring it up with your doctor.


Your doctor and pharmacist are there to help and assist you with your health. Make sure you utilize the resource!


  1. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/26/3/731.full
  2. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085729.htm
Marianne Morgan

About Marianne Morgan

Marianne Morgan is Managing Director at Easy Drug Card. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and over 20 years as a Human Resources executive, with extensive experience in leadership, healthcare, employee empowerment and consulting. She is passionate about encouraging individuals and families to take charge of their healthcare and believes this leads people to make informed, wise decisions about their overall health. She loves whole, nutritious food, Pilates, and the ocean.
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