A pill identification tool allows for identification of prescription, generic, brand-name or over-the-counter medication through the input of information about the pill's physical appearance, according to Rx List. This tool is useful for patients or caretakers if there is any confusion about the pill or capsule.
The pill identification tool is a software program that uses various physical elements of a pill or capsule to assist in identification, reports Rx List. The first of these elements to be input into the tool is the imprint, which commonly includes letters, numbers and sometimes the manufacturer's name or the dosage amount. These imprints can appear on one or both sides of a pill or on one or both halves of a capsule.
The next element that aids with identification of the unknown medication is the color of the pill, says Rx List. The user can choose from a selection of pill and capsule colors. The final element to be input is the shape of the pill. A search that includes one or all of these items leads a user to a list of possible choices with photographs that can be used to further aid in the correct identification of the pill or capsule.