Useful tool for identifying pills

Array of large group of assorted capsules and pills on white background. High resolution image.

For patients taking multiple medications a day, dosette boxes and pill organisers can be extremely useful. However, if you have carefully separated out all your pills for the month and the doctor then recommends a change in dose, it can be difficult to distinguish one tablet from another.

Medscape, a US medical information website, has a very useful tool for helping to identify a pill in such a scenario. With over 10,000 individual tablets in its repository, it can help to define a pill based on shape, colour, form (e.g. tablet or capsule), whether or not it is scored, and also on the numbering or lettering imprinted upon it. Give it a try by clicking here

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