All you need to do is have the pill or capsule in your hand and access the Internet to determine whether the drug you are taking is the correct medication and the right dosage. Because all pills approved by the FDA are required to have an identification code on them, you should be able to search for the pill based on the unique imprint, color, shape, and drug name.
There are several different searchable database sites that you can access to identify the drug dosage. For the sake of this answer, we will provide you with two tools that you can use to help you identify the dosage and medication information, including:
- Drugs.com Pill Identifier
- RxList Pill Identifier
These sites have access to tens of thousands of medications. After you access one of these websites, or use their smartphone app, you can type in the identifying imprint that is stamped on the pill. Generally, the bottom of the pill will have one set of numbers, and the top of the pill will have a different identifier code. One code identifies the dosage of the pill. After typing in the code, you may find out if it is a 20mg pill or a 500mg pill.
While it is very easy to use these pill identifier sites, it is always in your best interest to check with your pharmacist if something doesn’t seem right or if you believe you were given the wrong dosage of drugs. Because pharmacists can make mistakes, we always encourage people to check the pill identifier online before taking any medication.
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