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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 enables identification of unknown solid dose medications (tablets and capsules) based on physical characteristics and images.
  • Drugs.com 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.
    In the case of an emergency, please contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.

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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