What Do OxyContin Pills Look Like?

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on January 6, 2023

OxyContin pills are available in various strengths including 10 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg. OxyContin pills come in several colors such as yellow, blue, and pink. Additionally, the imprint on the pill typically matches the dosage and strength.

The prescription drug oxycodone (brand name OxyContin and sometimes referred to as “oxy”) is a pain medication that is available as a tablet in a number of colors and strengths.

In fact, OxyContin is offered in extended-release, controlled-release, or immediate-release tablets. The prescription opioid binds to opioid receptors in the brain which depresses the central nervous system (CNS), creating feelings of sedation and providing pain relief.

How To Identify OxyContin Pills

In order to correctly identify OxyContin tablets, always speak with your healthcare provider and follow directions from your pharmacy. 

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), there are a number of ways to identify OxyContin, a Schedule II controlled substance with high abuse potential which can lead to physical dependence.

A breakdown of OxyContin tablet options include:

White OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 10 mg tablet.

10 mg White OxyContin Pills

Gray OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 15 mg tablet.

15 mg Grey OxyContin Pills

Pink OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 20 mg tablet.

20 mg Pink OxyContin Pills

Brown OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 30 mg tablet.

30 mg Brown OxyContin Pills

Yellow OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 40 mg tablet.

40 mg Yellow OxyContin Pills

Red OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 60 mg tablet.

60 mg Red OxyContin Pills

Green OxyContin Pills

Round in shape with a strength of 80 mg tablet.

80 mg Green OxyContin Pills

Each of these pills below contains imprints that correspond to the appropriate dose of OxyContin.

Identifying Counterfeit Pills

Identifying counterfeit OxyContin can be difficult due to similar shapes and colors. However, counterfeit pills, according to the DEA, have more distinct imprints which are larger in font and more heavily imprinted compared to an authentic OxyContin pill.

Counterfeit OxyContin may contain other substances due to the lack of quality control. If purchased online or on the illicit drug market, a person may receive a drug that contains other dangerous substances which may not be known to you.

Some drugs may contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid which can be dangerous when combined with other drugs. In fact, there are a number of side effects of OxyContin, as well as dangers of taking this drug which should be used properly to treat chronic pain and not abused.

Side Effects Of OxyContin Use

Depending on the severity of OxyContin drug abuse, a person may experience a range of side effects. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some of the side effects a person may experience include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • sleepiness
  • sedation
  • tiredness

In addition to this, those who abruptly stop taking OxyContin may experience a number of withdrawal symptoms including cravings for the drug, restlessness, and irritability.

Opioid Overdose

Those who participate in OxyContin abuse by snorting, smoking, injecting, plugging, or taking higher doses of the drug may have an increased risk of overdose. Symptoms of OxyContin overdose may consist of:

  • respiratory depression
  • muscle weakness
  • clammy or cold skin
  • unresponsiveness
  • loss of consciousness
  • sudden death

Opioid Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with painkiller use, consider Ohio Recovery Center to treat your OxyContin addiction.


At our treatment center in Ohio, one of the first steps of care is detoxification. During this process, your body can rid itself of toxins. Although a relatively short-term process, you’ll be monitored by healthcare workers throughout.

Inpatient Care

Those suffering from opioid addiction may require inpatient treatment options. As an inpatient, you can benefit from 24/7 access to healthcare professionals, medication-assisted treatment, and counseling for substance use disorder and other mental health issues.

To find out if our substance abuse treatment options are a good fit for you or a loved one, please contact Ohio Recovery Center today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration — Oxycodone Drug Fact Sheet https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Oxycodone-2020_0.pdf
  2. Food and Drug Administration — OxyContin https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2021/022272s046lbl.pdf
  3. National Drug Intelligence Center — OxyContin Fast Facts https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs6/6025/index.htm#look%20like
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse — What Are Prescription Opioids? https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids
  5. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Oxycodone https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682132.html

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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