What tools help with prescription drug identification?


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Some online tools that can help with prescription drug identification include the pill identifiers on Healthline and the American Association of Retired Persons. The U.S Food and Drug Administration also has an email service that can help people identify their prescription pills.

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Healthline's Pill Identifier allows users to search for pills based on the imprint, shape and colors. A pill's imprint should include all letters and numbers on all sides of a pill. The identifier tool also allows users to type in a particular prescription drug and view a picture of what the pill should look like.

The AARP website has a similar service for identifying pills, which users can use to verify the results from the Healthline site. As of 2015, people can also contact the U.S. FDA with a description of a pill, using the email address druginfo@cder.fda.gov. This address is not intended for emergencies.

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