How to Identify Pills, Capsules, Drugs and Tablets

Do you have pills, drugs or capsules that you can’t identify? Do you not know what they are or whether they are safe to take? We feel you. It’s not always easy to know exactly what you are taking. There are so many generic, own brand and branded pills on the market that it can be downright impossible to know what you are putting in your mouth. That’s why today we are going to dedicate this article on how to identify pills, drugs and capsules so that you can be sure exactly what are in the medicines you are taking.  You never know when you’ll have to pass a drug test of any kind, so you better know what you are putting into your body.

What are the Problems With Not Knowing What Pills, Drugs and Capsules you are Taking?

Taking the wrong medication can cause serious issues immediately and for your long-term health. Even if your doctor is diligent in making sure you have the correct medicine and the correct dosage, having so many pills can easily mean that your pills get mixed up. Aside from the side effects associated with your pills, taking the wrong pills at the wrong time and in the wrong doses can result in a worsening of your condition, serious other side effects and, at worse, death. It is incredibly important that you know and understand exactly what pills, drugs and capsules you are taking.

How to Identify Pills, Drugs and Capsules

The first thing to do is to find the pills, drugs and capsules that you want to identify. The best case scenario is that you will have the original packaging stored with the pill. If you do, you can quickly compare the look of the pill with the picture or description of the pill on the box. If it’s a match, you now know what you’re pill is. In all likelihood, you wouldn’t be reading this article if you had a box with your pills, however. So, let’s start by looking at your pills. The best way to identify your pills and drugs is to look for small writing or symbols on your medication. These maybe letters, numbers, shapes or a combination. Using a magnifying glass can help as these markings can be quite small. You should also take note of the shape and color of the pill.

Document Your Findings

Now that you have carefully analyzed your pills, write a note of everything down on your phone or a pad of paper. You should make a note of everything we discussed above, including the shape, color, size and markings on your pill. Be as specific as possible. Rather than just noting that a pill is blue, make a note of the hue of the color, if there are any imperfections on the pill or speckles. What’s more, you should also note the type of pill, Is it a tablet, a capsule or another form of pill. If it is a capsule, what is inside? Everything you can note about the pill can be useful in identifying.

Use The Information Wisely

Once you have all of the information about your unknown pill at hand, there are plenty of sources that you can use to identify your pill once and for all. Below we will cover the most useful and popular ways to identify your pill.

Use an online resource:

There are literally dozens of online resources that you can use to identify all of your unknown pills, drugs, and capsules. Almost all of the online medical websites such as WebMD, Healthline and Medscape have online pill identifier tools that can help you identify your unknown pills. These tools are free and super easy to use. Simply enter the information that you noted down at the start of this article and the identifier will be able to tell you exactly what your pill is.

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Contact the FDA:

The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency that promotes public health and monitors and regulates the production of food, drink and medication. Getting in touch with the FDA is easy, however it is slower than using an online identifier as suggested above. You can email the FDA at druginfo@cder.fda.gov. Make sure that you include all of the details that you noted down earlier as this will make it possible for them to identify the pill. You can also include a photo of the pill if you wish. Someone from the FDA should get back to you within a reasonable time frame with an answer or a request for more information.

Speak to your doctor

If you’d rather not use the internet or don’t have access to a computer, you should take the information you have gathered about your pill and visit your doctor. Your doctor or a nurse should be able to identify any pill you bring in, or be able to use an online pill checker to find out the origin of a pill for you. What’s more, they will then be able to advise on whether or not you should take the pill in question and how long you should take it for.

Visit a pharmacy

If you can’t get an appointment with your doctor, you could also try visiting your local pharmacy, A pharmacist will have a great deal of experience prescribing and identifying drugs and so is expertly placed to help you identify an unknown pill. If they can identify the pill, they should also be able to advise on when to take it and how often to take it, too.

Compare to your current pills

If you can’t use any other the methods used above, as a very last resort, you should check your medicine cabinet. It may be that you have other pills in packages that are exactly the same as the unknown pill in question. This will make it very easy to identify the pill, but it is probably better to use one of the more advanced methods listed above instead where possible.

Remember don’t leave things to chance. If you can’t identify a pill, don’t take it!

How to Identify Pills, Capsules, Drugs and Tablets
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