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How to Identify Medication Pills. Drug Identifier

Updated on October 15, 2017
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All the information you need to help you identify any pill, capsule or other medication you may have found or discovered.

Introduction

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...
  • Footnote.
  • Comments.

There are tens of  thousands of  different drugs on the market of all shapes and colours.
There are tens of thousands of different drugs on the market of all shapes and colours.

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 should be taking them but have lost it.

  • 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. Some sweets like M&Ms have details on them so its possible others have. 6. Drugs to treat animals. 7. It could be a drug you're familiar with, but another brand. 8. it could be a fake counterfeit drug. Potentially dangerous and can be very 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 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 that type of medication and will deny they own it.
  • Is it ecstasy?. This drug is not coated unlike medicinal drugs and is unprofessionally 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 are trying to identify. which could give you 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 purchase 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 the legality of it. ukdrugtesting.co.uk.

Video: How Do Drugs Get Their Names?

Answers & Help

How can I find out what pill it is? Just fill in the description of 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.

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. 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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Many pharmaceutical drugs can look just like sweets / candy.
Many pharmaceutical drugs can look just like sweets / candy.

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.

Footnote

There are thousands of pharmaceutical drugs on the market, and drugs are made by various manufacturers on a regular basis. These new branded drugs will have a different colour, shape and even imprint on them, so it's possible you found a pill which has a different colour and shape to the one you're used to seeing, but it will be the exact same medication. This can be very 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 are administered, or taking the incorrect dose is taken, 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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      Compu-Smart 3 weeks ago from London UK

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      Brigette Galeana 3 weeks ago

      I found a medium round orange pill will a line to split it in half on one side and blank on the other side. What could It be ?

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      Cindi 4 weeks ago

      I have a very small white oval pill, scored down the middle,on one side two x"s the other side plain. could you tell me what it is?

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      John 5 months ago

      I have orange or tan pill it has an M or W on one side and a seven and a v on the other with a line between them can you identify this for me

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      RUss 5 months ago

      It might be a vitamin as there are no markings. Smooth round, relatively large, and half red half white. Not a capsule and it's split color wise like a coin - heads is red and tails is white. Not half and half across the face

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      Bonnie 10 months ago

      Found a pink/tan oval pill with N on one side and scored on reverse with numbers 3 and 0. Have checked internet sites with no results. Suspecting may be morphine. Can anyone help.

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      Compu-Smart 12 months ago from London UK

      It possibly could be a drug used to treat thyroid disorders. Side effects may include: nausea, dizziness, weight changes and drowsiness.

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      maryvee 12 months ago

      I am taking a small oblong yellow pill with the letter M on one side an a 1 B on the other is this my thyroid pill 100mcg it makes me nauseated and I sweat a lot is this ok

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      Constance 15 months ago

      Circular peach colored pill that's very smooth

      S on one side with an arrow point down under it and a 100 on the other side

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      Aminu 16 months ago

      Small round white pill with letter C on one site and BA on the other (separated by a line).

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      Amanda 17 months ago

      I have found a oval white tablet with 82 on one side and a letter a on the other

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      Julie 17 months ago

      Found a round pill no markings not scored measuring approx 8cm and after cutting in half it has a harf dark (almost looks like dirt) color

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      Dcon 18 months ago

      Round pink white red layered pill with aquarebwith cursive w or m stamped in it what is this? Thank

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      Sally 19 months ago

      white round pill LFT on one side scored on the other approx 6mm

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      Hightower 20 months ago

      I have a round, white pill with a "M" on one side and a 01 and o3 on the other side

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      Pauline 21 months ago

      Green/white capsule 20 BL

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      Compu-Smart 22 months ago from London UK

      Kate and Joan. I have been unable to locate the identity of these tablets.

      Just to let you know of the numerous amounts of pills on the market, this site has 88 pages with about 250 results of various pills (per page) but none of the ones you both described. Sorry,

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      Kate 22 months ago

      white round pill scored in middle with LFT on it? what is it

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      Joan 22 months ago

      Oblong pill white from with SM on it and blue back with layered oval shapes

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      Compu-Smart 23 months ago from London UK

      Rose, Take a look at this page which will/may help you. http://m.pharmer.org/forum/pill-identification/whi...

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      Rose 23 months ago

      Found long thin white pill with three scores and thats it theres no marks or imprints i was thinking xanax but it dosnt have any imprints to indicat but it looks like it from what i looked up my self but im at a lose please help

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      Compu-Smart 23 months ago from London UK

      Kellie, what shape is this pill because they're various pills with those imprints on them.

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      Kellie 23 months ago

      Small white tablet, score down middle ,letters a,p,o on one side the other says " to 10" with score down center.

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      Compu-Smart 23 months ago from London UK

      From the research I did, they are from the manufacturer British Dragon's who style their drugs in this same same pink square shape and are possibly steroids.

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      Jordon 23 months ago

      Found a square pink pill from canada with N on one side 10 on the other

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      unknown 23 months ago

      Small white pill that's been broken on oneside its empty and the other side only show two numbers it either 09 or 06

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      karen 24 months ago

      i found a large light pink pill, very thin, smooth on one side and other side has unidentifiable markings. any idea???

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      Julie 2 years ago

      Small round pill letter c on one side the other side has line through it

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      Robert 2 years ago

      Punch card with large round green pills no markings patterns or numbers just a slit down the middle what is it ?

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      Tracey 2 years ago

      I've found a small white round tablet, it has a letter C on one side and then on they other it's got a score in the middle then a letter P on one then letter M on they other half, what is it?

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      Kndi 2 years ago

      I found 2 oblong capsules, one was purple and one was half orange, half yellow, they each had a white heart stamped on them. They have no numbers or letter on them.

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      Jojo 2 years ago

      I found a pill on my floor that i have searched for EVERYWHERE and came up with nothing...it's a small, round, either: off white, lt. pink, or white color...it has the letters, AKS, on one side and a cross score on the other side to break into 1/4s..

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      Terri 2 years ago

      Found sm fark pink oval pill with imprint N one one side and 30 onthe other, what could it be

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      jen 2 years ago

      I found a big white round pill or candy with either a swirl-like imprint or it could be either a six or a nine. Do u know what it may be??

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      Mary 2 years ago

      Hi there. I found a light blue round pill... has 2 lines starting from the top and go 3/4 of the way down with a half circle attached to each of the lines. It also has the number 20 on the back. Can you please tell me what you think it is?

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      The first pills you described could be Montelukast sodium --> http://www.drugs.com/imprints/54-741-19691.html . The pill you described in teenagers room, did it have any logo imprint on it?

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      Mandy Avery 2 years ago

      Found two baggies full of pills one bag had peach round pills with 54 741 which looks like asthma pills however the way it was wrapped is questionable , next to it was a round pill a little larger still chalky like a chew able pill with a little bit of speckling no marks , numbers, or lines on either side. This was found in teenagers room

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      joni 2 years ago

      Found hard candy like pills, some green, some brown, no markings, round in shape. Found in a pill bottle but was not the pills that were supposed to be in there.

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      Angie 2 years ago

      Found pill thats small round pink no markings or scoring on either side. Pill is not smooth but rather grainy. What is it?

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      Rob Jones 2 years ago

      White long oval shaped pill with capital I on one side?

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      debbie 2 years ago

      this is a chalky oblong white pill with the characters Lll3

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      Gabriela Garcia 2 years ago

      It's a oval white pill with 123 on one side and nothing on the other

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      Ashley 2 years ago

      Someone found a pill said it was Adipex but no markings. Its really big white oval rectangular shape with blue specks when they broke it in half the center was brown?????

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      Julie 2 years ago

      Found a sm pink round pill with just a s on it nothing else

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Dr Bob, It sounds like Ecstasy. If so, it won't have any numbers on it but should have a logo of some sort!? let me know please.

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      Dr Bob 2 years ago

      Of White tablets round circular Shape un coatedbitter to the taste please help me the tablets my gimp is getting kind hectic

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      Paula 2 years ago

      Found pills have m over 22 the other side plain. Round pill

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Ariene, sorry for the delay..... Pill imprint NT 150 could be Gabapentin for the treatment of pain; anxiety; pain; alcohol withdrawal; diabetic peripheral neuropathy http://www.drugs.com/imprints/nt-150-22820.html

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      Arlene Carson 2 years ago

      I found an oval white almost at shaped tablet in my purse, with NT, then a line and the numbers 150. Are they for pain?

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      Deanna 2 years ago

      Small round peach pill blank on one side B above 71 on the other no scoring

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      This pill could be Olanzapine.

      You said it was 'tan' coloured, but this pill I found is 'yellow' but it could be the same colour you described as a shade of yellow could be similar as a shade of tanned colour! http://www.drugs.com/imprints/c-50-19180.html

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      BARB 2 years ago

      SMALL ROUND TAN PILL WITH A C ON ONE SIDE AND 50 ON THE OTHER

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      IV, what colour and shape is it?

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      lv 2 years ago

      I found a pill with a 3 with a circle and a 7 on the other side. What is it?

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Jess, the only thing that came close to what your looking for is this page http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=MK+capsule&sug=... which has a few types of vitamin supplements with the "MK" brand, but, I have no idea if the capsules look your description.

      Maybe you could email them and ask if it's theirs. It's a long shot!

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hey Jess,

      Sorry to hear of your dilemma trying to resolve your issue.

      I too have spent a lot of time trying to find the answer to your question.

      Most people assume that everything is on-line which is not the case.

      This drug could be from a foreign country which makes it hard to locate or find.I will try again later for you.

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      Jess 2 years ago

      Hey i found this capsule that is maroon (deep red) and a beige (off white). on both ends it has MK with a square around it? i have googled for about an hour now with no luck... assuming that its not from the us.. just curious what it is since this is the 3rd one ive found at work and no one seems to know what it is lol... thanks for any help!!

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hey Isabelle, due to the unclarified information you provided, I am finding it hard and frustrating (about an hour:) trying to find the right answer for you.

      Apologies.

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      Isabelle 2 years ago

      Hi, I found one that is smallish round yellow/ almost orange in colour. With ap 25 on one side and a symbol that looks like almost a cursive 'a' or 'd' thankss

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Michelle,

      PS. Here's the pill's URL image https://www.mims.com/resources/drugs/Malaysia/pic/...

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Michelle,

      From the knowledge and research I have done, it could be Panadol, which is a regular over the counter drug used for treating muscle pain, fever and sciatica. Hope this helps.

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      Michelle 2 years ago

      The pill is white and oval with a P inprint on one side and no other markings!

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Joe,

      Is is light or dark brown? If it's light brown (tan colour) then it could be a pill to treat headaches, seizures, bipolar disorder's and epilepsy. If its dark brown, then I'll keep looking 4u.

      While I'm here, if anyone else needs to know, a dark yellow oblong pill with E11 imprint is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

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      joe 2 years ago

      I found a brown oblong pill imprint E11 on one side

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hey sm.

      I have tried extensively to find the answer for you on and off-line and unable to find the exact match.

      Thank you to the 13 people who found this page "useful".

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      sm 2 years ago

      I fount a green oval pill blank on one side and a scored 4 6 on the other can you please tell me what it is. I could not find it anywhere else on the Internet.

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi April,

      jony_mosh

      I have been unable to identify this tablet for you.

      April,

      You never described what shape it was..... but, I think it could be a medication to treat diabetes. (Metformin)

      Is this the pill? https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=palemoon&am...

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      April 2 years ago

      my child found a pill on a person's floor and i would like to know what it is, it is white with the letter z and the numbers 71 on one side and a line on the other side (like you could cut it in half. can you help me?

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      jony_mosh 2 years ago

      Hello i found a round white pill that is blank on one side and has a DL divided by F on the other. Any ideas of what this could be?

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Joe,

      I don't know what colour it is, or if it has an "a10" imprint on just a "10" imprint on one side also, I don't know if you mean't it has an "e" on the other side or has an "a" and "e" on the other side.!?

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      Joe 2 years ago

      What is a oval pill that has a10 on one side and a e on the other

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Jane,

      Seeing as it has no markings, are you sure it's not a mint!? https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Eclipse+Winterfr...

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      jane 2 years ago

      found a oval pill, with 3 ridges on light blue side and white on the other side, what is this?

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Bob,

      After extensive research, I found many variations of pills which have the imprint Z10.

      The only one which nearly matched your description was a white round pill with (Z100) which is used for treating thyroid cancer.

      Please be sure you have the exact details!

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      bob 2 years ago

      What is white pill z10 blank on other side

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Joyce,

      Are you sure it says ROY 293 or RDY 293? This is what I found for the latter.

      Sumatriptan. This pill is for headaches, migraine and vomiting.

      http://www.drugs.com/imprints/rdy-293-15623.html

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      Joyce 2 years ago

      i found this pill it is white and oblong. One side has the letters ROY On one side and 293 on the other.

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Christina, The description you gave immediately screamed out to me "Ibuprofen" which I used to take very often, but the pills I used to take were white, oblong with 123 imprinted on them.

      The other brand I took of Ibuprofen were white and oblong with 123 imprinted on it.

      Also, drug manufacturers often change the color and shape of pills depending on which company manufactures them.

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      Christina 2 years ago

      I found a small oblong light yellow pill with 123 on one side and a line on the other in the hallway of my apartment building and i want to know what it is because there are alot of kids in my building

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      Compu-Smart 2 years ago from London UK

      Hi Ruby, It 'could possibly' be amitriptyline which is used for depression.

      Just "Google Image" the following (keywords) to see similar drugs.

      (amitriptyline mp 36)

      FYI. An Mp 36 is an old German submarine gun.

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      ruby stewart 2 years ago

      a white round tablet with the words mp36 stamped on it.

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      Tammy 2 years ago

      I found a small pill in my car. It is round, diameter is approximately 1/4 of an inche. The color is light yellow. It is printed with 13 (black ink) on one side and nothing on the other side.

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      bridget mitchell 2 years ago

      what are these pills called i found white round with R and kinda thick like a cerax with a 30 on the bottom

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      Tammy 2 years ago

      oblong peach colored pill with 249 on one side and hd on other side

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      Bonnie Olson 2 years ago

      I am searching for a pill that is brown in color. On one side it says 9r but nothing on the other. What could this tablet be? Bonnie

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      mark 3 years ago

      I found a small round white tablet at work with the letters P A N stamped in a triangular configuration into it on one side & plain on the other side. Could you enlighten me as to what it could be as it may have reprocussions unless identified as innocent. Thanks in advance

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      sarah 3 years ago

      found a white pill thats straight oval like shape with letters 'ar' on front

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      Nghdy 3 years ago

      I found a little dealer looking bag at shops today, it had 2 yellowish round pills, they had what looked like pacman or a wonked moon on one side and on the other side a letter an numbers

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      travis 3 years ago

      Pink outside white inside 6 then a triangle 8, on the outside. All of them are cut in half

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      Compu-Smart 3 years ago from London UK

      PRA is a plasma renin activity pill.

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      joanne ashley 3 years ago

      the pill I found is round in shape and has the #PRA ON EACH SIDE AND TASTE BITTER HOPE U CAN HELP FOUND ABOUT 15 OF THESE, AND DO NOT NO IF I THREW AWAY THE BOTTLE THAT TELLS ME WHAT THEY ARE . PLEASE HELP

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      tracie 3 years ago

      found a pill. tan with c on front nothing on back, oval shaped and feels coated.

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      Pharme408 3 years ago

      Im not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. All the best cdccgbc

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      lucinda254 3 years ago

      what is the large oval shape blue tablet written J on one side and 27 on the other, found this pill in my son bedroom. Please help

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      Jill 3 years ago

      what is a capsule that is half blue, half white with "this end up" printed on blue side and "RDY532" printed on the white side?

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      nicola 3 years ago

      Ive found a pill tablet ovel shape white with the letter a score line than r on the front nothing on the back pretty thick wot is it let me know asap pls

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      Sue 3 years ago

      I found half a pill in my room nd im woried what is it about one side its rwitten T and the other side its rwitten 2 pls help

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      helldan 3 years ago

      found a blue half pill with half number first cpl numbed are 22 and its a circle pill

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      Kim 3 years ago

      I found a white round pill with H score line Y on one side and 4,5 on the other. I've looked at several pill identifier sites and none match. Any Clue?

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      kim 3 years ago

      I have found a round peach orange colored pill it has five imprinted on one side and the other side has nothing. Do you know what this is?