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FAQ: Pill Identification

Pills in bottles

These Internet services may help you identify pills sold in the United States.

  • NLM Pillbox helps users identify unknown solid dose medications (tablets and capsules) based on physical characteristics and images.
  • Pill Identifier 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.
  • 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. Centers can also be reached by phone at 1-800-222-1222. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Note: NLM is not responsible for the content of or availability of external sites, and does not endorse, warrant or guarantee products, services, or information described or offered at other Internet sites.

Related Information from the NLM

Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine®

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