Pill Identifier (Pill ID) Help
Sometimes pills get misplaced or separated from their bottle, and when this happens, it’s important that you identify the medication before taking it. Fortunately, at YourDrugs.com, we have an online pill identifier that makes the process simple.
Pill Identification Guide
Pill identification software, like the one from YourDrugs.com, helps you identify pills that you come across that aren’t in their bottle. For example, say you find a pill in the bottom of your purse or you find one in your teenager’s room, you could use a pill identifier to determine exactly what it is.
Most online pill identification guides and software programs can identify both over-the-counter and prescription medications quickly and accurately. They are easy to use too.
Alternatively, you can identify a pill by taking it to a pharmacist or by comparing the pill’s appearance to that of several pills in a comprehensive pill identifier guide.
Sometimes you can find pill images online, but you should only use trusted sources. Most likely, your pharmacy has a detailed list of all medications that includes their appearance so they should be able to give you an accurate answer quickly.
How to Identify a Pill
Need help to identify that pill? Fortunately, the process is fairly straightforward. By law, all pills and capsules have to be completely unique. This is done specifically to make the identification process easier.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health keeps information for all pills and capsules approved by the FDA.
Before you use a pill identifier, collect as much information as possible about the pill. You should know the pill’s:
While knowing all of this information will give you the most accurate results, it is possible to identify a pill with some or most of it. Just make sure you compare the one you have to images of the pills in the results you receive for confirmation.
Alternatively, you can use information found on sites, such as YourDrugs.com, to identify the pill you have. Typically, websites store information on some of the more commonly searched medications, including images and identifying information for them.
For example, if you completed an internet search for Zofran pill identifier, you’d find plenty of images and information on Zofran. However, for this method to work, you need to have some idea of the type of form it comes in.
What’s This Pill I Just Found?
If you find a pill and you don’t know what type it is, you should try your best to identify it for safety reasons. You should never take an unidentified pill because you don’t know how it will affect you.
If the pill looks familiar, it may be because it’s one of your prescription meds or an over-the-counter medication that you take from time-to-time. So before searching for a way to determine the type, consider comparing it to others you have in your home.
If that doesn’t work, you should use a pill identifier, like ours, or take it to your pharmacist to get a proper identification.
If you can’t identify the pill after you’ve researched it, do not take it. Instead, you need to dispose of the pill by taking it to a disposal center or your pharmacist.
What If My Pill Has a Logo?
Manufacturers have different logos and imprints for their pills. This is why you may come across several different versions of the same pill.
If you have a specific prescription medication that you get on a regular basis, you might notice that the pills you pick up are different from time to time. This happens when the pharmacy gets pills from a different supplier.
Of course, no one is perfect and mistakes do happen. So it’s a good idea to double check by using a pill identifier to confirm the pharmacist did, in fact, give you the correct medication and dosage.
If you want to know where a pill you have came from, you can find lists of manufacturers’ logos online. Some manufacturers, such as Abbott Laboratories and A&Z Pharmaceutical, have logos that are images.
While others, like Cypress and Dr. Reddy’s, print a series of letters in place of a logo that’s an image. Regardless, of whether the company uses images or a combination of letters, this is something that will be the same on every pill they produce.
Identifying Manufacturer Imprints and Logos
Manufacturer imprints and logos are used in conjunction with national drug codes assigned by the FDA to ensure each drug type can be easily identified. However, there is one exception to this rule. Homeopathic medicines only have the manufacturer’s logo or imprint on them.
To determine the manufacturer for your medications, use an identifier to find the specific pill. If the manufacturer isn’t listed, you can look at a list of manufacturers’ logos to see if the one you’re seeking is listed there.
If you still can’t determine who made it, you can always call your pharmacy and ask.
It’s a good idea to know who the drug manufacturer is in case there’s a recall on the medication you’re taking. While this doesn’t happen often, it is possible, and if a medicine you’re taking is recalled, you should stop taking it right away.
If you have been taking an over-the-counter medication that’s recalled, you can take the medication back to the store you bought it from for a refund. If you have a prescription medication that’s recalled, you should call your doctor and pharmacist to get a suitable replacement.
What Is an “Imprint?” What Do Pill Imprints Mean?
Drug imprints are a series of numbers and letters that correspond to the medication code assigned by the FDA. Every pill and capsule they approve has a unique alphanumeric code that’s imprinted, embossed, engraved, or printed onto it.
These imprinted codes, along with other identifying details, such as the manufacturer logo, are used to identify the type of medication and dosage amount. These are all features that are used by online pill finders to determine a pill’s identity, so it’s important that you can read the entire imprint before trying to ID the medication.
What If My Pill Has No Imprint Code?
If your pill doesn’t have an imprint code, it’s either a homeopathic medication or a medicine that isn’t approved by the FDA. Depending on the type of medication you’re taking, there could also be a chance that it’s counterfeit.
Homeopathic medicines are made using a holistic approach. Typically these are taken by people who prefer a more natural approach to health treatments.
They can be approved by the FDA, but unlike more traditional medications, they are only required to carry the manufacturer’s logo on them, not a drug code.
Vitamins and dietary supplements that aren’t FDA approved typically don’t have imprints on them at all. However, if you can’t identify the pill using a pill finder, you shouldn’t take it because there are also illegal drugs and counterfeit drugs that may not be imprinted.
Some illegal drugs, like Ecstacy, are imprinted with logos but not codes. Typically, these are logos that would appeal to a young adult or teenager, and you won’t be able to identify them using an online pill finder because they are manufactured illegally.
If you come across a pill without an imprint code, you should try to identify it using other descriptive features such as the pill’s shape, color, or logo. If you can’t identify the pill on your own, take to your doctor or pharmacist to have it identified — and disposed of properly if necessary.
Keep in mind, you shouldn’t dispose of medications on your own. People and animals can easily get into your trash, and if they accidentally ingest a medication they shouldn’t, it could be deadly. Instead, take all unused, unwanted pills to your pharmacy for proper disposal.
Parts of a Pill to ID
Pill imprint codes are important, but they aren’t the only identifying feature a pill has. In fact, it’s the unique combination of several factors that makes it easy to identify specific pills.
A pill’s imprint typically consists of an alphanumeric code assigned to that drug by the FDA and the manufacturer’s logo. Some pills have the code and logo printed on opposite sides, while others have them printed on the same side.
If both are printed on the same side, it’s usually separated by an imprinted line or scoring.
Sometimes, the only difference between similar pills is the imprint. For example, if you look at a lexapro pill identifier, you’ll see that they are all small, white, round pills.
However, the 5mg pill has a 5 imprinted on it, while the 10mg has an imprint of a 10 and the 20mg has 20 imprinted on it. This is why looking at the entire imprint is vital.
Many pills and capsules also come in different shapes and sizes. Typically, this is something that varies between manufacturers.
For example, if you look at a methadone pill identifier, you’ll notice that the medication comes in several different shapes including round, rectangle, and four-sided. The difference being who makes the drug.
Along with the imprint and shape of a pill, color is one of the more important identifying factors. This can also vary between manufacturers, so it’s possible that medications you pick up from the pharmacy each month might come in several different colors.
Some of the more common pill colors include white, blue, orange, yellow, green, and pink.
Before taking any medication, it’s important to consider its form. Medicines come in tablet and capsule form most commonly, and it may or may not be extended-release.
You can also fine medications in liquid, gel capsule, sublingual film, transdermal patches, and other forms.
This distinction is important because you shouldn’t take only a portion of an extended-release medication. These are typically coated and not scored to discourage people from breaking or crushing them.
Some pills are scored to make splitting them easier. However, it’s important to remember if you’re only taking a portion of the pill, you aren’t getting a full dose.
The FDA only allows manufacturers to score their pills in a way that allows the person taking the pill to get the minimum recommended dosage.
For example, if you look at a G3722 pill identifier, you’ll notice that the pill’s scoring allows it to be split into four equal sections. That’s because this specific pill is a 2mg of alprazolam and the minimum recommended dosage of the medication is 0.5mg.
The easiest way to identify a pill is by using a pill identifier, such as the one here at YourDrugs.com, to search for the pill’s imprinted code. Remember, these are unique for every FDA-approved pill, which makes them easier to find. Check out some examples below to see what we mean.
What Does i10 Mean on a Pill?
If you find a pill with i10 imprinted on it and research its identity, you’ll find that it’s an 800mg ibuprofen. This is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that’s used to relieve pain. It’s a white tablet that’s shaped like a caplet.
Keep in mind, while this isn’t a controlled substance, this dosage amount is only available by prescription. That’s because taking too much ibuprofen can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding.
What Pill Is ip465?
Pills with the code ip465 are 600mg ibuprofen pills. Like their 800mg counterparts, the 600mg pills are only prescribed by a doctor. It’s important to discuss the maximum daily dosage amount with your doctor before taking them to help prevent dangerous side effects.
What Is a Pill With a 10 on It?
If you find a pill with a 10 on it, you will probably need other identifying factors to determine what type of mediation it is. Several types of pills have 10s imprinted on them including 800mg ibuprofen, 325mg acetaminophen, and 500mg Amicar.
Sometimes when 10 is imprinted on a pill, it means the pill is the 10mg dosage of that medication. For example, 10mg Adderall pills have a 10 imprinted on them, as do 10mg Ambien, bisoprolol, and Cialis. However, alprazolam tablets imprinted with a 10 are only 1mg.
Other Popular Drug Imprints
If you’re worried that your teen or someone you love has been abusing prescription drugs, you might want to know how to identify some of the more popular ones out there.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:
- Opioids and narcotics
- Anxiety meds and other central nervous system depressors
- Stimulants other amphetamines
Some of the more popular types of these drugs include:
Unfortunately, all of these pills are different in appearance, which can also vary depending on the manufacturer. For example, 30mg of Adderall is available in an orange, oval pill, a pink, round pill, and a white, hexagon-shaped pill. They also have an extended-release version that comes in an orange capsule.
However, like other medications, all forms of Adderall have the same imprints. So 30mg Adderall tablets always have the number 30 on one side. The other side of the pill either has an AD or dp on it.
It’s important to note, though, that there are also generic versions of each of these medications available. So while it’s a good idea to research what different versions of the pills have in common, you should still use a pill identifier to confirm the identification of any you find.
How Can I Check For Drug Interactions?
Before taking new medications, it’s always important to check for any possible drug interactions. Typically, prescription medications come with a pamphlet that tells you the common side effects and any common drug interactions. You can also ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about possible interactions.
If you’re researching a medication online, you can use a drug interaction tool. A site like this compares medications to see if there are any possible reactions you could have from taking a combination of them.
You should also compare the interactions of your prescription drugs with that of any over-the-counter (OTC) medication you want to take before you take it. If you purchase your OTC meds and supplements at a drug store, you can easily ask the pharmacist if it’s safe to take them with your current medications.
If you don’t purchase your over-the-counter medicine at a pharmacy, you should call your doctor before taking it. Or you can use an online drug interaction tool to see how taking a new OTC will interact with your current medications.
Still Can’t Identify a Pill? Didn’t Find What You Were Looking For With Your Pill Finder?
If you can’t identify a pill you’ve found using an online pill finder, it could be because the medication isn’t FDA approved or it’s an illegal drug. You can still take it to your pharmacy to see if they can determine exactly what it is, but you should not take it.
Instead, dispose of it properly. Don’t throw it in your trash bin or flush it down your toilet.
When you flush pills, they can pollute nearby waterways. Of course, water treatment systems clean the water, but they can’t remove all chemicals so there’s a chance flushing one of your medications could affect the environment.
The DEA does have public disposal sites for controlled substances though. So it’s best that you find a DEA substance control disposal site near you and take any unwanted, unused medication there.
Was Your Prescription Filled Correctly?
If you pick up a regular prescription at the pharmacy and notice that the pills are a different shape or color, you might wonder whether your prescription was filled correctly. Fortunately, there’s a good chance that you received the correct prescription and it just came from a different manufacturer than it normally does.
However, before you take any of the pills, you should double-check the pill’s identity using an online pill identifier. Once you’ve determined your prescription is correct, you can take the medication as your doctor ordered.
If you use the identifier and realize that the pharmacy accidentally gave you the wrong medication, you should put all of the pills back in the bottle and return the prescription immediately — even if it’s the correct medication in the wrong dosage.
You shouldn’t take any type of medication that your doctor hasn’t prescribed, and that includes higher or lower dosages of a medication you normally take.
Sometimes doctors do change the dosage amount, but they typically notify you first. If you’re unsure whether the difference in dosage was intentional or not, you should call your doctor for confirmation before taking the medication.