How to Identify Medication Pills. Drug Identifier
The information here is to help you identify the (pills-tablets-capsules) you've found which were lying around either at home, work, school, or even in yours or someone else's pocket.
Table Of Contents
- Pill Identifier Tools & Information.
- Video: Pharmacology Drug Classification.
- Continued - Pill Identifier Tools & Information.
- Video: How Do Drugs Get Their Names?
- Answers & Help.
- Drug Facts: Did You Know...
Pill Identifier Tools & Information
It is understandable you will 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 your knowledge, or they've been prescribed them but have lost it, knowingly, or unknowingly.
- A tablet / pill / capsule you found could be 1, a pharmaceutical prescribed drug, 2, An over the counter medication from a pharmacist. 3. A vitamin supplement. 4, An Illegal drug, probably ecstasy. 5. Sweets / candy / mints. Haribo and M&Ms have markings on them quite similar to drugs. 6. Drugs to treat animals. 7. It could even be a drug you know someone is already taking, but of another manufactures design/brand. 8. it could be a fake counterfeit drug. 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 belongs to. There could be a simple 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 that type of medication and will deny they own it.
- Is it ecstasy?. This drug is not coated unlike medicinal drugs and is not professionally made and very fragile (can easily break apart).
- I have seen cases where sweets / candy / mints have been mistaken for pills. Like M&Ms, markings on sweets is quite common, so break it in half. Does it smell of mint? Is there chocolate inside?.
- If you're still having problems, with the help of me and the drug identifier website, you can search for a drugs colour, shape and any marking on them. If you can't, you can then select which closely resemble the pill you want to identify, and an idea of its use.
Video: Pharmacology Drug Classification
Continued - Pill Identifier Tools & Information
- Ask whoever lives or works with you, if they know who owns it. This could save you a lot of unnecessary time and worry. Note: In certain situations at schools and colleges etc, someone may claim it's their pill, but don't take their word for it. Ask them to describe it before handing it over. Some people will claim ownership, thinking it could be the illegal drug Ecstasy.
- There are many types of 'home drug testing kits' which you can buy online that will tell you of a drugs contents, however, they are unable to give you all the information of the ingredients, but it will identify illegal drugs such as ecstasy, as well as pharmaceutical drugs. This will help you identify exactly what the pill is, what It's used for, and if its legal. ukdrugtesting.co.uk.
Video: How Do Drugs Get Their Names?
Answers & Help
How can I find out what pill it is? Describe the pill in the comments section below. Give as much information as you can, such as the exact shade of colour, shape and dimensions. All markings including if its 'scored', (the line to make it easier to split), and any numbers or letters on the pill and hopefully, I'll give you the answer. I'm not always available to help, but please leave your questions as someone visiting may know the answer. I even tried using Google's "Image Reverse" tool. Unfortunately, it never worked for me.
Disclaimer. I'm not a pharmacist or doctor. The answers that I, or anyone else here provides, please take as friendly advice based on general research and experience. C-S.
- Pill identifier website. http://www.drugs.com/imprints.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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Drug Facts: Did You Know...
- The first pharmacy was opened in Baghdad in 754. The first licensed pharmacist shop in New Orleans, American’s. Before that, no license was needed to become a pharmacist.
- 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'.
- 2016 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'.
- Consuming too many Poppy seeds, which contain small amounts opiates will make you test positive for Morphine and fail a drug test.
There are thousands of pharmaceutical drugs on the market made by various manufacturers. These new branded drugs will vary in colour, shape and even imprint on them, so it's possible you found a pill with a different colour and shape to the one you're used to seeing, but it will be the same medication. This can be confusing, so be extremely careful when administering your own drugs, and especially children's medications.
Many young and elderly people die or become seriously injured each year due to medication errors. It happens when the wrong pills have been administered, or taking the incorrect dose, so be very careful what medication you're taking, and how often you take them. Read the labels and instructions carefully, and If in any doubt, speak to your Doctor or pharmacist.
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