RxList Pill Identification Tool
Having trouble identifying generic pills and capsules? Quickly identify drugs and medications using the RxList Pill Identifier Tool.
Use the imprint, color, or shape of your pill (one, all or any combination of the fields below) and our Pill Finder tool will show you pictures to review and identify your drug. Need help with the pill finder? Click for instructions.
Pill Identification from a Doctor's Perspective
Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
In the emergency room where I work, I sometimes see patients who have either taken the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication. It is a common problem. Medication errors can cause serious consequences. Doctors and pharmacists are diligent in making sure patients receive the correct medication. But mistakes happen. As a consumer, you need to protect yourself and ensure you have the correct medication. Know the medication and dose you should have received, and understand your condition.
The RxList Pill Identifier Tool will help you identify generic and brand name drugs by pill color, size, shape, and drug imprint. Match your Pill ID to the pictures and quickly identify your medications. If you do not find a match, call your doctor or pharmacist.
To accurately identify the pill, drug or medication, you can do any one, any combination of or all of the following steps using our pill identifier tool.
- Enter the imprint code on the medication, (example the numbers and/or the letters on the side of the pill or tablet).
- Select the color of the pill in the pull-down menu above.
- Select the shape of the pill in the pull-down menu above.
Once you've found a drug id match, you'll be able to link to a detailed description, drug picture, and images in our comprehensive RxList Drug Database. You can also use the drug pictures to help identify pills.
Pill Identifier Examples of Popular Drug Pictures and Images
GABAPENTIN 100 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round tablet imprinted with "logo and 4440" and "100"
CYMBALTA 20 MG CAPSULE
This medicine is a green, oblong capsule imprinted with "20 mg" and "LILLY 3235"
ZOCOR 5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a buff, oval, film-coated tablet imprinted with "MSD 726" and "ZOCOR 5"
CELEXA 10 MG TABLET
This medicine is a beige, oval, film-coated tablet imprinted with "FP" and "10 MG"
TOPAMAX 50 MG TABLET
This medicine is a light yellow, round, coated tablet imprinted with "TOPAMAX" and "50"
Top 10 Drugs Prescribed in the US and Their Side Effects
There are thousands of drugs prescribed every year for many different health problems. Tracking the most frequently prescribed drugs is one way to see what types of health problems predominate in the U.S. You may see some familiar drugs on this list that you, your relatives, and friends may take. People may know what drug they take, but are not sure what the drug is supposed to do or what side effects may occur. Fortunately, the pharmacy industry provides a simple listing of the top 100 drugs prescribed (reference) and most of these drug's functions, side effects, precautions, dosages, and other information are detailed at RxList.com. Listed below are the top 10 drugs prescribed in the U.S. Click on the link to get additional detailed information on the drugs.
Top 10 Prescribed drugs in the US
|Rank #||Brand Name||Generic Name||Drug's Major Function|
|1||Vicodin||hydrocodoneh + APAP||Pain relief|
|2||Prinivil||lisinopril||Reduce high blood pressure|
|3||Zocor||simivastatin||Reduce high cholesterol|
|4||Synthroid||levothyroixine||Treats low thyroid levels|
|5||Amoxil||amoxicillin||Antibiotic for common infections|
|6||Zithromax||azithrymycin||Antibiotic for moderate infections|
|7||Microzide||hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)||Diuretic and high blood pressure|
|8||Norvasc||amlopipine||High blood pressure and angina|
|9||Xanax||alprazolam||Anxiety treatment, panic attacks|
|10||Glucophage||metformin||Treats type 2 diabetes|
Side effects can occur with any drug; fortunately, only a small percentage of people develop one or more side effects but some side effects may cause people to be unable to take certain drugs. Many of the infrequent but possible side effects of the top ten prescribed drugs are listed below.
Top 10 Prescribed drugs in the US: side effects
|Rank #||Brand Name||Drug's Possible Side Effects|
|1||Vicodin||Sedating, habit-forming, dizziness, N/V*, impaired thinking and function|
|2||Prinivil||N/V, dry cough, dizziness, drowsiness|
|3||Zocor||N/V, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, muscle pain|
|4||Synthroid||chest pain, tachycardia, heat intolerance, nervousness, weight loss|
|5||Amoxil||Allergic reaction, diarrhea, N/V, itching, rash, confusion|
|6||Zithromax||N/V, diarrhea, abdominal pain, allergic reaction, abnormal heart beat|
|7||Microzide||Low blood pressure, electrolyte changes, weakness, rash|
|8||Norvasc||headache, swelling (legs), palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, N/V|
|9||Xanax||Allergic reaction, depression, confusion, dizziness, reduced urine, chest pain|
|10||Glucophage||N/V, diarrhea, gas, bloating, decreased appetite, low glucose|
*N/V means nausea and vomiting
REFERENCES: Pharmacy Tech Study. Top 100 Drugs by total prescription.
Examples of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the three types of drugs that are misused or abused most often are:
- Opiates or Opioids – prescribed for pain relief
- Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants – prescribed for anxiety or sleep problems (also called sedatives or tranquilizers)
- Stimulants – prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and obesity
|Drug Types: Opiates/Opioids|
|Generic Names||Brand Names|
|codeine||Empririn With Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine|
|fentanyl||Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze|
|hydrocodone||Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet|
|oxycodone:||Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Tylox|
|oxymorphone||Opana, Numorphan, Numorphone|
|Drug Types: Depressants|
|Generic Names||Brand Names|
|barbiturates||Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital,|
|benzodiazepines||Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax|
|sleep medications: zolpidem, zaleplon, eszopiclone||Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta|
|Drug Types: Stimulants|
|Generic Names||Brand Names|
|amphetamines||Adderall, Biphetamine, Dexedrine|
Pill Identification of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs
VICODIN 5-500 TABLET
This medicine is a white, oblong, scored tablet imprinted with "VICODIN"
OXYCONTIN ER 10 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round tablet imprinted with "OC" and "10"
MORPHINE SULFATE IR 15 MG TAB
This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with "54 733"
DARVON 65 MG PULVULE
This medicine is a pink capsule imprinted with "Darvon"
PHENOBARBITAL 15 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round tablet imprinted with "West-ward 445"
XANAX 0.25 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, oval, scored tablet imprinted with "XANAX 0.25"
VALIUM 2 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with "2 VALIUM" and "ROCHE ROCHE"
ADDERALL 5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round tablet imprinted with "5" and "AD"
CONCERTA 18 MG TABLET SA
This medicine is a yellow, oblong tablet imprinted with "alza 18"
RITALIN 5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a yellow, round tablet imprinted with "CIBA" and "7"
OXANDRIN 2.5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, oval, scored tablet imprinted with "BTG" and "11 11"
Please note that any drugs that show an expired or past expiration date should be discarded.
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