How to Identify a Pill

By Evan Starkman

Medically Reviewed by Joshua Conrad, PharmD

How Do You Use WebMD’s Pill Identifier?

What Are the Ways to Identify a Prescription or OTC Medication?

What Do Numbers or Letters on a Pill Mean?

How Do You Find a Pill Imprint Code?

Why Do Some Pills Containing the Same Drug Have Different Imprints?

Can Several Drugs Have the Same Imprint?

What if a Pill Has No Imprint?

Why Do Some Tablets Have a Line in the Middle?

Who Can I Call to Identify a Pill?

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused include: Opioids used to treat pain Central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin), used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders Stimulants, such as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) or methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin) used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). READ MORE