How do you identify an unknown pill? We highlight 5 pill identifier (pill finder) tools to use!

Updated: 7 days ago


Every had problems identifying a bottle with generic or brand-name pills and capsules inside it? Try using free online and app pill identifier tools to help you quickly identify drugs and medications, many search tools include pill identifying pictures.


By Allan R. Kirby

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Do you need to identify an unknown pill?


Many years ago my grandmother found herself in the hospital and when I arrived, I was asked by the Doctor about some pills my grandmother had in her pocket, we had no prescription, did not know where she got the pills from and what dosages she was taking on a daily basis. Back then it took a lot more time to figure out what the medication was, however today this is not the case because there are many pill identifier (pill finder) sites that help you identify an unknown pill. Like me, you could be in a situation where you need to identify an unknown pill but are not sure where to look.


From grandparents to teenagers, there will be situations were you need to identify an unknown pills and capsules.

As mentioned, there are many pill identifier/pill finder tools available to use for free and we have a complete list of these tools that are designed to help you match your pill/capsule based on the following search criteria:

  • Imprint (ie a combination of numbers or a logo).

  • Size.

  • Shape / Pattern.

  • Color.

Hopefully using these searching methods will lead you to a detailed description of the drug and provide you with the information you are looking for.


Did you know: By law, every pill, tablet, or capsule approved by the FDA must be unique to help identify medications.

Websites to help identify pills:


Rxlist logo,  Rxlist provides a powerful free pill identification tool to identify your pills and capsules.

RxList Pill Identification Tool


Having trouble identifying prescription, OTC, generic, and brand name pills and capsules? Quickly identify drugs and medications, including pill identifying pictures, using the RxList Pill Identifier Tool.


Use the imprint, color, or shape of your pill (one, all, or any combination of the fields below), and our Pill Identification Tool (Pill Finder) will show you pictures to review and identify your drug.



Logo for WebMD,  a website that provides a powerful free pill identifier search tool to find the name of your pills.

Pill Identifier by WebMD


Having trouble identifying your pills? Using WebMDs' Pill Identifier, you can enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug into the search, and the pill finder will search and display pictures that you can compare to your pill.



Use Drugs.com Pill Identifier/pill finder to identify medications by visual appearance or medicine name and it's free to use.

Pill Identifier by Drugs.com


Use Drugs.com Pill Identifier/pill finder to identify medications by visual appearance or medicine name and it's free to use.



Yes, believe it or not even AARP has a free Pill identifier/pill finder search engine as part of their health tools.

Pill Identifier by AARP


Yes, believe it or not even AARP has a free Pill identifier/pill finder search engine as part of their health tools.





CVS pill identifier - You can quickly and freely identify pills that have become separated from their original packaging, or verify tablet and capsule products you may have questions about,

Pill Identifier by CVS


You can quickly and freely identify pills that have become separated from their original packaging, or verify tablet and capsule products you may have questions about, and ensuring that the right medication is taken to treat the right medical condition.



Check out a complete list of pill identifier/pill finder free apps on the Google store. There are many apps available to help you dentify pills and capsules. We just like the ones we highlighted in this article.

Talk to a pharmacist or healthcare provider


Sometimes confusion or mistakes can happen that lead to your medication instructions and/or original labeled bottles getting lost and displaced. So even though you can use a pill finder tool to search and look up information about your medication, it's always best to talk to a pharmacist or healthcare provider if you're not sure about your medication.


This is a MySmallBank.com blog written by Allan R Kirby, who writes and produces Personal Finance articles and videos.

Disclosure: mysmallbank.com nor the author received any compensation from any securities highlighted in this article. The article is our opinion only and is written to help readers learn more about free pill identifier/pill finder website tools and apps. Consider this as basic information to help id your pills, utilize professional services and additional sources if required before you take any unknown medication. You can find pill identifier-free apps on google store. #pills #drugs #medicine #pharmacy #health #CVS #AARP