Pill Identifier (Pill Finder Wizard)

Having trouble identifying prescription, OTC, generic, and brand name pills and capsules? Quickly identify drugs
and medications, including pill identifying pictures, 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 Identification Tool (Pill Finder) will show you pictures to review and identify your drug.

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 prescription, OTC, generic, and brand name drugs by
pill color, size, shape, and drug imprint. Match your drug imprint (Pill ID) to the pictures and quickly
identify your medications. If you do not find a match, call your doctor or pharmacist.

How To Use the RxList Pill Identifier/Pill Finder Tool

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 or Select from the drop down, the imprint code on the medication, (The imprint is the
    letters, numbers or other markings on the pill, tablet or capsule. If there are different markings
    on the front of back, try entering just one side. If you want to enter both, separate them with by
    using the symbol * (ie: Lupin*10)).
  • 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

Pill Identifier Examples of Popular Drug Pictures and Images

Gabapentin 100 mg Cap-IVA

capsule, white, imprinted with Logo 4381, 100 mg
© Cerner Multum

Cymbalta 20 mg

capsule, green, imprinted with 20 mg, LILLY 3235
© Cerner Multum

Zocor 5 mg

shield, yellow, imprinted with ZOCOR, MSD 726
© Cerner Multum

Celexa 10 mg

oval, beige, imprinted with F P, 10 MG
© Cerner Multum

Topamax 200 mg

round, peach, imprinted with TOPAMAX, 200
© Cerner Multum

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

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,
, dizziness, drowsiness
3 Zocor N/V, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, muscle pain
4 Synthroid chest
, tachycardia, heat intolerance, nervousness, weight loss
5 Amoxil Allergic reaction, diarrhea, N/V, itching, rash,
6 Zithromax N/V, diarrhea, abdominal pain, allergic reaction,
7 Microzide Low
blood pressure
, weakness,
8 Norvasc headache,
swelling (legs), palpitations,
dizziness, fatigue,
9 Xanax Allergic
, depression,
confusion, dizziness, reduced urine,
chest pain
10 Glucophage N/V, diarrhea, gas,
, 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

Drug Types: Opiates/Opioids
Generic Names Brand Names
Empririn With Codeine,
Fiorinal with Codeine,
Robitussin A-C,
Tylenol with Codeine
Duragesic, Sublimaze
hydrocodone Vicodin, Lortab,
hydromorphone hydrochloride Dilaudid
meperidine Demerol
methadone Methadose, Dolophine
oxymorphone Opana, Numorphan,

Drug Types: Depressants
Generic Names Brand Names
sleep medications:   zolpidem, zaleplon, eszopiclone

source: www.drugabuse.gov

Pill Identification of Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Acetaminophen-Hydrocodone 500 mg-5 mg-MAL

oval, white, imprinted with M 357
© Cerner Multum

Oxycontin 10 mg

round, white, imprinted with OC, 10
© Cerner Multum

Oramorph SR 15 mg

round, white, imprinted with 54 782, 15
© Cerner Multum

Darvon 65 mg-XAN

pink, imprinted with DARVON
© Cerner Multum

Phenobarbital 30 mg-GG

round, white, imprinted with West-Ward 450
© Cerner Multum

Xanax 0.25 mg

oval, white, imprinted with XANAX 0.25
© Cerner Multum

Valium 2 mg

round, white, imprinted with 2 VALIUM, ROCHEROCHE
© Cerner Multum

Adderall 5 mg

round, blue, imprinted with AD, 5
© Cerner Multum

Concerta 18 mg

oblong, yellow, imprinted with alza 18
© Cerner Multum

Ritalin 5 mg

round, yellow, imprinted with CIBA, 7
© Cerner Multum

Oxandrin 2.5 mg

oval, white, imprinted with BTG, 11 11
© Cerner Multum

Please note that any drugs that show an expired or past expiration date should be discarded.

Didn’t find what you were looking for with our Pill Finder? Try these additional search
resources or
use our Drugs
A-Z listing

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