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How to Identify Pill Markings

How to Identify Pill Markings

Overview

If you are having trouble identifying pills and capsules that may have been removed from their original wrappings or from an old prescription bottle, you can now quickly identify them either online or by purchasing a special book that show all pills and capsules with their markings, brands, colors, imprints and shapes coded for easy identification. All you need is the pill you want identified and to follow the guidelines here.

Step 1

Go to one of the pharmacy websites listed in the Resources section to find their online pill identifier, recommends Drugs.com and RxList.com.

Step 2

Check for prescription medications, which are categorized by text imprint, shape, form and color. Compare the unidentified pill you have to the features offered in the menus. You should be able to find your pill with a little effort.

Step 3

Use the pull-down menus, says Drugs.com, or other menus provided to a match up the medication with the capsule or pill you have. You'll be supplied with all of the information available about that pill including manufacturer, strength, what it is used for and side effects, drug interactions and other indications.

Step 4

Purchase "The Pill Book" in its latest version in lieu of using the Internet for identifying pills. Available in bookstores and some pharmacies, it is a detailed, fully illustrated guide that provides not only all identifying characteristics of each pill or capsule, but a section where you can read about the brand and generic name, recommended uses for that medicine, side effects, interactions and more.

Step 5

Check periodically in your medicine cabinet to make sure no medications are unidentified. Leave all medicines in their original, labeled bottles and packages, suggests RxList.com.

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