FAQ: Pill Identification
Question: How can I identify a pill?
These Internet resources may help you identify pills sold in the United States. A pharmacist or health care provider may also help you.
- NLM Pillbox (beta) enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and images.
- NLM DailyMed® is a partial listing of labels for approved prescription drugs to help users identify solid dose form products (tablets and capsules) by description, and assist in identifying medications by pictures.
- Drugs.com Pill Identifier sources can help you match the imprint, size, shape, or color and lead you to the detailed description in a drug database derived from Micromedex™, Cerner Multum™, Wolters Kluwer™ and others.
- AARP Pill Identifier will search by imprint, shape, or color.
- FDA Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER) Division of Drug Information (DDI) staff can identify drugs for you based on physical appearance (color, shape, size, etc.) and markings. E-mail DDI your drug description.
- Poison Control Center staff provide confidential, free pill identification 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
In the case of an emergency, please contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
Note: NLM is not responsible for the availability or content of external sites, and does not endorse, warrant or guarantee products, services or information described or offered at other Internet sites.
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