Websites like Drugs and RXList offer pill identifiers that help patients determine the names of pills based on their appearance. At RXList, for example, patients can enter the text of any imprint on the pill, the color of the pill or the pill's shape. Potential shapes include squares, ovals, rectangles and pills of multiple sides.
Pill identifier tools can locate not only the name of the pill, but also the strength and the manufacturer. Both of these websites offer complete profiles of different types of prescription and over-the-counter medication so consumers can identify pills in unmarked bottles. However, consumers should avoid taking medication unless they have it identified by a physician.