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How to Identify Medication Pills. Drug Identifier

Updated on March 9, 2017

There are thousands of pharmaceutical drugs on the market...

...and more drugs are being made by various manufacturers on a regular basis and each company has their own brand. This makes it hard to even recognise your usual looking pills. These new branded drugs can have a different colour, shape and even imprint on them - This can be very confusing so be extremely careful when administering your own drugs.

Pharmacology Drug Classification

Drug Fact's: Did you know...

  • Baghdad was the first county to open a Pharmacy back in 755.
  • The word pharmaceutical comes from the Greek word pharmakeia which translates to the word pharmacia.
  • The first drugs were made of plants herbs, vines, fungi and roots until the 1850/s when the first synthetic drug, chloral hydrate was made. This was a sedative and hypnotic drug.
  • The top 5 pharmaceutical companies are...in 5th place, the UK company 'GlaxoSmithKline'. 4th. The German company 'Bayer'. 3rd. The American company 'Merck & Co'. 2nd. The Swiss company 'Novartis' and in 1st place is the American company 'Pfizer'.
  • 2014 drug usage statistics. The drugs mostly sold (used is another thing!) are for... 'lowering cholesterol' - 'Antacid drugs' - 'Anemia' - Oral asthma' - 'Blood thinning drugs' - 'Antibiotics' - 'Anti-psychotic drugs' - 'Asthma'. and 'Diabetics'.
  • The UK NHS alone wastes over £300 million pounds every year because of unused prescriptions.

Pill Identifier Tools & Information

  • Here are some excellent websites and also some valuable information to help you identify the (pills/tablets/capsules) you have found which were lying around either at home, work, school or even in someone else's pocket. It is understandable you may want to find out more information about the pill and the possible long term effects especially if someone you know could be taking them without you knowledge.

Please read first - Warning. Many young and elderly people die, or become seriously injured each year due to medication errors. It happens when the wrong pills are administered or taking the incorrect dose, so be very careful what medication you're taking.

A tablet / pill / capsule you found could be 1, a pharmaceutical drug, 2, Over the counter medication. (Some vitamin supplements, and over the counter medicines can look very much like pharmaceutical drugs) 3, A vitamin pill. 4, An Illegal drug. 5. Sweets/mints. 6. Drugs to treat animals. 7. It could even be a drug you are familiar with, BUT it's a fake / counterfeit drug which could be potentially dangerous and harmful to use.

  • I found a pill and I still don't know what to do!. When you find a pill, check any bottles or blister packs that it could have come from. Don't be afraid to ask who it could belong to. There could be a much simpler explanation and it would save you all the unnecessary worry. Someone you know may have dropped or lost it but doesn't want to advertise the fact they're on a that type of medication.
  • What some people do when they find a pill? Smell n taste, (disclaimer & not recommended because giving it a taste could harm you. If it tastes very bitter it could be ecstasy because this drug is not coated unlike medicinal drugs and is unprofessionally made and very fragile (can easily break apart). Note; rinse your mouth and spit immediately afterwards if you do decide to taste a pill. There have also been cases where sweets/candy/mints have been found and are mistaken for pills, that's when smelling as well as tasting has helped. If it smells of mint or strawberry for example, you'll know straight away what it is.
  • If you're still having problems, with the help of me, and the drug identifiers, you can search for drugs with a specific colour or shape and any marking on the pills can also be checked. You can then select which closely resemble the pill you are trying to identify.

  • Why not just ask whoever lives or works with you if they know what it is. This could save you a lot of unnecessary time and worry. NOTE: In certain situations at schools and colleges etc, someone may claims it's their pill, don't take their word for it, ask them to describe it before just handing it over because some people will just say it's theirs thinking might could be the illegal drug Ecstasy!
  • There are many types of home drug testing kits which you can purchase on-line that will tell you of a drugs contents however, they are unable to give you a 100% detailed information of the pill contents) but it will identify drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy) and other ingredients the drug is made of which will help you identify exactly what the pill is and what It's used for. http://www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk.
  • How to find out what pills they are and what they're for. Just fill in the description of the pill in the comments section below such as it's exact colour, shape, dimensions, all markings, numbers and writing on the pill and (hopefully) I'll give you the answer.
  • Finally, there are many drug companies making pills and capsules so it's possible to find a pill which has a different colour and shape you're used to, but it will have exactly the same ingredients in it.

Due to circumstances and other commitments, I am not always available to help with the answer for you, but please leave your questions below, and myself or someone may know the answer. Leave as much details as you can of it's colour. imprint, size (diameter) and shape and any name, numbers or letters it has on each side.

Disclaimer. I'm not a pharmacist or doctor. The answers that I, or anyone else here (mainly ,me) provides should be taken as friendly advice based on general research and experience. - compu-smart.

  • Pill identifier website 1. http://www.drugs.com/imprints.php
  • Pill identifier website 2. http://www.muschealth.com/DI/DrugIdentifier
  • Pill identifier website 3. http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/pillimage/search.php
  • Pill Identifier App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch available from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pill-identifier-lite-by-drugs/id398305495

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      jstankevicz 9 years ago from Cave Creek

      Thanks for this useful tool. There are soooo many pills!

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      MARC 8 years ago

      I CANT FINED THE PILL I NEED........

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      stan 8 years ago

      i can't find the one i need either. its a yellow capsul with two writings on it . One is ST-2 and the other one is HPLC

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      compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

      It could possibly be Stacker 2 XPLC, which is a dietary supplement!!

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      Mhesson 8 years ago

      Im looking to find out information about a Pill that I found in my daughters back pack.

      The Pill is Beige in color, egg shaped had the following on the pill

      W

      0.45/1.5

      The W is above the rest on the lettering.

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      compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

      Hi Mhesson,

      The pill IS Prempro, and is for menopause problems..

      Heres and image.. which shows a lower dose. http://www.drugs.com/images/pills/mmx/t107063f/pre...

      Heres more info,

      http://www.prempro.com/index.aspx

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      rvmystery 7 years ago

      I can't find what this pill is. It is 5 sided and pink. One side just has a line to cut it in half. The other side has a symbol of what seems to be a beaker with a long "pouring spout" on the left of it, and a "handle" like a handle of a coffee mug on the right.

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      compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

      It could possible be dianabol (D-Bol)

      Image here http://www.1dianabol.com/images/dbol.jpg

      about here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methandrostenolone

      hope this help!

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      contin 7 years ago

      redish-brown

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      john 7 years ago

      i need too find out what this pill is it was in my med bottle i took one not realizing its not my meds its small round orangey/ peach in color an has QT on one side an liek a "chevron" on teh other sorta liej this >

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      laws 7 years ago

      does anybody know what a white @ pink capsule (small) with SP 2C imprinted on it is?

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      compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

      John, more detailed information will help!!

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      laws..I cannot confirm, but it could be a generic benadryl, diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg (Benadryl

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      mmd 7 years ago

      i found a pill in my wifes pocket and she says she does not know what it is. its a white rounded triangle pill witha D on one half and another D other the other half and the other side has a what looks like an 8 but made with a backwards 3 and a normal 3 if u understand what i mean does n e one know what this might be???

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      chaz 7 years ago

      i think its generic for morphine.. e-mail me..i have a pic of it.. chalienanita at aol

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      compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

      mmd....I am unable to find this pill...Try taking it to your local pharmacist and see what they can tell you!.

      Thanks chaz for helping out!:)

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      parent_in_08 7 years ago

      i found a pill in the washer and was wondering what it is...their are no markings on it and it is brown on one end white in the middle and pink on the opposite side...can anyone help?

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      compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

      Parant_in_08...As much information is needed to answer your question such as shape and size of pill..Round can be many types of shapes!

      If it has no markings it could be a foreign, vitamin, herbal, or diet pill.. Alos, due to the washing cycle it could have changed the colors!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i found a capsule, its turqoise colored and has SL 406 written on it???

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      jon 6 years ago

      found a tiny peachish colored round pill with a chevron symbol on one side like < and 10 on the other side ive done a lot of searching and still cant find it,

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      suss parent 6 years ago

      I have found a small elliptical shaped, light blue pill in my daughters room. It has a single chevron on the back while the side that has the score through the tablet to break in half has an 'A' on one half and a '1' on the other. Any idea's I cant find it on the pill analyzers???

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