One of the top questions people have is what oxycodone looks like. Below is a rundown of a pill identifier with pictures of oxycodone.

Oxycodone is a prescription opioid painkiller that unfortunately is often abused. One of the top questions people have about this drug is what oxycodone looks like. Below is a rundown of an oxycodone pill identifier with pictures of various types, colors, and dosages.

Pill Identifier Pictures of Oxycodone


The following is a brief rundown of these images, all of which are from

The first picture is of a 5-mg oxycodone tablet with the brand name of Roxicodone. As you can see it’s small, white and round. The next image is of a 10-mg oxycodone tablet, which is white and oval. There is also a 20-mg oxycodone tablet shown, which is pink and oval, and a 40-mg oxycodone tablet which is yellow and oval. The green tablet is an 80-mg oxycodone tablet and it’s oval with a film coating. The last image is another version of 10-mg oxycodone, which is white and round. Keep in mind that there are many other versions of oxycodone besides those shown here. There are some versions of oxycodone that are in capsule form which may be colored, such as brown/orange, and different imprints may be stamped on them. Oxycodone can also come in a liquid formulation.

The Importance of Identifying Oxycodone Pills

As you can see from this pill identifier with pictures of oxycodone, each is unique and different from the others. There are many different types of oxycodone since it is a generic ingredient that can be prescribed on its own to treat pain, or it can be combined with other active ingredients. There are immediate-release and extended-release versions of oxycodone with many different dose strengths and produced by different manufacturers.

Many other medicines have different forms as well, not just oxycodone. Since it can be difficult to identify them, it’s very important to make sure you only take drugs that are prescribed to you and you should never take pills bought on the streets. It’s also important to keep all of your medications carefully labeled and organized at home.

What is Oxycodone?

So, now that you’ve seen several different versions of oxycodone, it’s also valuable to have a general understanding of what this drug is.

Oxycodone is a controlled substance, meaning it’s only available by prescription and may be associated with the risk of addiction or dependance developing. It’s used to treat a variety of types of pain, ranging from moderate to severe and acute to chronic. The substance must be prescribed carefully, and people who take it should only do so following the guidance of their physician.

According to the CDC, there have been more than 100,000 deaths in the United States because of prescription opioids, including oxycodone. Opioids, including oxycodone, work by changing the way the central nervous system and the brain respond to pain, but they also have emotional effects such as the creation of feelings of euphoria that contribute to people becoming addicted.

Oxycodone may be available on its own or combined with drugs like acetaminophen.

Some of the common side effects of oxycodone include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, weakness, headache and mood changes.

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Can You Spot Counterfeit Oxycodone?

There has been a huge public concern in recent years because of counterfeit opioid pain pills that are leading to spikes in overdoses and deaths.

Sometimes,  people will attempt to buy opioids like oxycodone on the black market. There is no way to know for sure what they’re getting when they buy drugs from illicit dealers and at best, these pills may have no effect, but at worst, they may contain fentanyl. Fentanyl is one of the most powerful opioids available and coming in contact with a small amount can cause an overdose. People buy the pills not realizing they contain fentanyl, and they overdose or die after consuming the pills.

One way you can spot fake oxycodone is by looking at the texture of the pill to see if it looks uniform. Observing the general shape and color of the pill may not be enough because illicit manufacturers are very good at imitating the look of real opioid pills. Sometimes counterfeit pills may have a vinegar smell, particularly if they’re made with heroin, or they might have a bitter taste, although performing a taste test on an unknown pill can be very dangerous.

Oxycodone can have many different appearances depending on the strength, the type, and the manufacturer. You should never try to buy oxycodone or any pain pill on the black market because of the difficulty of determining whether or not it’s real and the dangers associated with doing so.

If you or a loved one live with addiction or are using drugs recreationally and want to stop, The Recovery Village can help. Reach out to one of our representatives today to learn how you can start on your path to recovery.

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Editor – Thomas Christiansen
With over a decade of content experience, Tom produces and edits research articles, news and blog posts produced for Advanced Recovery Systems. Read more
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Medically Reviewed By – Christina Caplinger, RPh
Christina Caplinger is a licensed pharmacist in both Colorado and Idaho and is also a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Read more
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