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The Burden of Looking Up Medication in Reference Books

Last update on Sept. 6, 2013.

Remember those bulky things we kept on bookcases called books? They're still around, but they're fast becoming a thing of the past. This is because the internet is now more widely read than books.

Nonetheless, for many decades we used books to find information on everything, including medications. We accepted this as the normal way of looking for information because it was all we had in those days.

With the internet now being the main source of finding information, why would anyone bother with books? This is particularly questionable in regards to medical reference books.

As a matter of fact, there are a number of reasons why you shouldn't burden yourself with looking up medications in reference books anymore. Those reasons are as follows:

  • The information is likely outdated. The medical industry is always changing due to new findings. Medications that were once effective a year ago may now be problematic. Since medication is crucial to our health, we need information that's always current.
  • There's a possibility there's no photo of the medication. We're a visual society nowadays, so when you look up information, you want it to be accompanied with a photo of the medication you're inquiring about. With a medical reference book, this may not be likely. All you might get are words. This, in turn, leaves you uncertain on whether you're getting information on the right prescription drug.
  • Not all medications are listed. A new medication could become available tomorrow. With all the medical conditions our society now encounters, that's good news. The bad news, however, is that this new medication probably won't be listed in the medical reference book you're using. You'll have to buy a new edition, which can be pricey.

A New Way to Lookup Medical Information: ID My Pill

If you have a medical reference book, put it back where it belongs: on the bookcase shelf. There's a new and better way to discover information about medication — ID My Pill.

Here's what makes the ID My Pill iPhone app a better choice for finding medication information versus a medical reference book:

  • The information provided is always current. With the ever-changing medical industry, information must be current. This is especially true regarding the medicine we take for our health. The pill identifier app is always current in its medical information.
  • A photo is presented with the information. How can you be sure you have the right information if a photo of the medication isn't present? This isn't questionable with ID My pIll. With the use of your iPhone, you take a snapshot of the medication in question. Not only does ID My pIll return with information about your medication, but a photo too. This takes away the uncertainty of whether you're getting the right information; for you have a prescription photo as proof that you are.
  • All new medications are listed. ID My Pill is updated with all the latest prescription drugs every week.


There's absolutely no need to weigh your hands down by carrying a heavy medical reference book. There's also no reason to beat your head against the wall trying to figure out if the information presented in it is even accurate. Simply use the ID My Pill iPhone app and gain peace of mind knowing the information you are viewing is correct.

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