A friend of mine recently found a pill in a hotel room. She was curious as to what it was. she logged onto the Internet and found, on a google search, pages of pill-identifying sites. Fortunately, she was smart enough not to take the pill even though the pill-identifier engine indicated it was Vitamin V, or, in this case, its close cousin known by another name, Norco, because of a slightly reduced ratio of acetaminophen to hydrocodone.
Perhaps these sites perform a legitimate service, Perhaps a person simultaneously spills to bottles of pills before he or she has had a chance to look at each pill, and needs to know which is the antibiotic, which is to be taken three times per day, versus the muscle relaxant, which is to be taken once or twice a day. Or, more likely, perhaps a person has stupidly placed several different pills in a single bottle for the sake of convenience when he or she is traveling, assuming he or she will remember which is which. DON'T DO THIS! If you must, buy one of those little SMTWTFS containers and put your pills in there if what is to be taken when isn't too complicated. Better still, keep enough medication for yur trip in the original bottles. 9Then, if you're caught traveling with a level III substance, you have some evidence that it was prescribed.) place the remainder of each medication in an old prescription bottle OF THE EXACT SAME MEDICATION or carefully label containers and keep the medication that is to remain at home in those containers.
The sites might also be beneficial to a parent who finds pills in his or her child's room.
I can see how it would be good to know whether it's Vitamin C or Xanax to which your kid has an addiction. A minor child is better off not having pills of any kind in his or her room without a parent's knowledge, but it happens. My mom went all Kate Gosselin on me because I had gelatin capsules in my room when I was fifteen.
One extra thing to consider is the accuracy of these sites. They're only as reliable as the people who operate them. Furthermore, people have been known to use these sites and/or their own knwoledge to manufacture remarkable kncokoffs of the real thing and sell them for high prices, sort of like the imitation-Louis Vuitton handbags that have been known to be sold at exorbitant prices. Then it becomes an issue of what is actually in these pills if it's not what the manufacturer or seller says. In a best-case scenario, it's only a binding agent that is used in virtually all non-capsules to hold the drug together in pill form. In a worst-case scenario, it's something potentially lethal.
drugs should come from pharmacies (or, obviously, in the case of over-the-counter-drugs, any reputable store that sells them) or doctors. Don't take your chances on pills you find lying around.
Update: Mother and baby are much better today.