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How is WebMD's pill identifier used in the identification of drugs?

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Users can access WebMD's database of prescription and over-the-counter medications to identify pills by filling out one of three fields requesting visual information of the pill. The three fields prompt the user to "Enter any imprint," "Select the color," and "Select the shape," as seen on WebMD's Pill Identifier Tool.

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How is WebMD's pill identifier used in the identification of drugs?
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Users can find the imprint on the body of the pill itself and enter it into the field to search WebMD's medication database. If no imprint is found, the pill may be identified by providing the color and shape, or combination, of the pill.

WebMD compiles a list of medications matching the search criteria, displaying a picture of the pill, brand and generic name, strength, and links to uses, side effects, precautions, interactions and overdose information. Users are then able to compare the actual pill they have in hand to the search results to accurately identify the medication.

When the pill is identified, users can access all information listed above, as well as related articles and conditions associated with the prescribing of the medication, by clicking on the name of the pill.

The Pill Identifier Tool is available to members and non-members of the WebMD website; however, members can create a personal list of medications they are currently taking to keep track of pertinent information as provided in the links listed above.

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