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  • Klonopin Colors: What are they and what do they mean?

    Klonopin colors denote dosage. The significant identifier is the imprint on the tablet identifying the manufacturer and the dosage. Brand name Klonopin comes in an orange 0.5mg tablet, a blue 1mg tablet, a white 2mg tablet, which will have a K-shaped cutout in the tablet. Generic clonazepam colors depend on the manufacturer.

    Klonopin Colors - What do they mean?

    Klonopin Colors: What They Mean

    Klonopin® is the brand name of the benzodiazepine clonazepam. Roche Laboratories is the only manufacturer of the brand name Klonopin, and the colors blue, orange, and white differentiate the strength of the medication. In addition to the color, Roche further identifies Klonopin with a K-shaped cutout in the tablet along with an imprint of the dosage and the company name. A half milligram tablet is orange, a one-milligram tablet is blue, and a two-milligram tablet is white. They also make a disintegrating tablet for those who experience difficulty swallowing tablets, and these are white with the dosage imprinted on one side.

    Klonopin Tablet Descriptions

    ColorImprintDosage
    OrangeK-shaped perforation in the tablet with the imprint of 1/2 at the top and ROCHE on the bottom of the pill on one side, and just ROCHE on the lower part on the other side.0.5mg
    BlueK-shaped perforation in the tablet with the imprint of 1 at the top and ROCHE on the bottom of the pill on one side, and just ROCHE on the lower part on the other side.1mg
    WhiteK-shaped perforation in the tablet with the imprint of 2 at the top and ROCHE on the bottom of the pill on one side, and just ROCHE on the lower part on the other side.2mg
    WhiteCalled a “wafer” this tablet is an orally disintegrating tablet. The strength or dosage imprinted on one side. Fractions denote the portion of mg, for example, 0.5mg dosage has the mark 1/2.0.125mg=1/8
    0.25mg=1/4
    0.5mg=1/2
    1mg=1
    2mg=2

    The combination of the color, shape, and imprint on medication is a system of identifying the drug, the strength, and the manufacturer. Drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration are required to have unique identifiers or imprint codes for easy identification. The purpose of the colors is to tell pills apart.

    Clonazepam Colors: The Generic Klonopin

    Blue Klonopin

    Clonazepam gained approval as a generic drug in the late 1990’s. Multiple pharmaceutical companies produce the generic version in various colors; the imprint acts as a descriptor of manufacturer and strength. Most insurance companies, including Medicaid and Medicare, will only pay for a generic prescription unless a prescriber can justify the expense of the brand name. The justification usually requires trying generic versions first.

    Generic Clonazepam Tablet Descriptions by Manufacturer

    ColorImprintDosage
    Accord Healthcare, Inc.
    OrangeA number 1 above a horizontal line and a number 2 below the horizontal line.0.5 mg
    BlueNo imprint on one side and a C above a number 1 on the other side.1 mg
    WhiteA capital C above a number 2.2mg
    Actavis
    PinkCapital R above the number 33 on one side and a horizontal line on the other side.0.5 mg
    YellowCapital R above the number 34 on one side and a horizontal line on the other side.1 mg
    WhiteCapital R above the number 35 on one side and a horizontal line on the other side.2mg
    Andrx Pharmaceuticals
    WhiteA capital G imprinted on one side and the other side a capital CN above a horizontal line and the number 0.5 below the horizontal line.0.5mg
    Apotex Corp.
    OrangeThe imprint of APO above a horizontal line with C-0.5 below the horizontal line.0.5mg
    BlueThe imprint of APO above a C-1.1mg
    WhiteThe imprint of APO above a C-2.2mg
    Barr Laboratories, Inc.
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the fraction 1/8 and the other side may have an imprint of a lower-case b above the number 94.0.125mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the fraction 1/4 and the other side has an imprint of a lower-case b above the number 95.0.25mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the fraction ½ and on the other side a lower-case b above the number 96.0.5mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the number 1 and it is the other side may have an imprint of a lower-case b above the number 97.1mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the number 2 and the other side has an imprint of a lower-case b above the number 98.
    Another version has the imprinted of the number 2 on one side and no imprint on the other side.
    2mg
    Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories
    YellowImprinted on one side with the number 273 and on the other side the number .5 above a horizontal line.0.5mg
    BlueImprinted on one side with the number 274 and on the other side the number 1 above a horizontal line.1mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the number 275 and on the other side the number 2 above a horizontal line.2mg
    Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    YellowA capital M imprint on one side and C above a horizontal line with 13 below the horizontal line.0.5mg
    GreenCapital M imprint on one side and C above a horizontal line with 14 below the horizontal line.1mg
    WhiteA capital M imprint on one side and C above a horizontal line with 15 below the horizontal line.2mg
    Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.
    WhiteThe imprint of capital K5 on one side, no imprint on the other side.0.125mg
    WhiteThe imprint of capital K6 on one side, no imprint on the other side.0.25mg
    WhiteThe imprint of capital K7 on one side, no imprint on the other side.0.5mg
    WhiteThe imprint of capital K8 on one side, no imprint on the other side.1mg
    WhiteThe imprint of capital K9 on one side, no imprint on the other side.2mg
    Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    YellowThe number 2530 on one side and a stylized V on the other side.0.5mg
    BlueThe number 2531 on one side and a stylized V on the other side.1 mg
    WhiteThe number 2532 on one side and a stylized V on the other side.2mg
    Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    YellowA stylized capital E over the number 63 on one side and an imprint of a horizontal line on the other side.0.5mg
    BlueA stylized capital E over the number 64 on one side and an imprint of a horizontal line on the other side.1 mg
    WhiteA stylized capital E over the number 65 on one side and an imprint of a horizontal line on the other side.2mg
    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
    YellowTEVA on one side and 832 above a horizontal line on the other side.
    Another version has an imprint of the number 93 above the number 832.
    0.5mg
    GreenAn imprint of TEVA on one side and 833 above a horizontal line on the other side.
    Another version has an imprint of the number 93 above the number 833.
    1mg
    WhiteThe imprint of TEVA on one side and 834 above a horizontal line on the other side.
    Another version has an imprint of the number 93 above the number 834.
    2mg
    Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
    YellowThe imprint of a capital U-S on one side with a number 0.5 below a horizontal line on the other side.0.5mg
    BlueThe imprint of a capital U-S on one side with a number 1 below a horizontal line on the other side.1mg
    WhiteThe imprint of a capital U-S on one side with a number 2 below a horizontal line on the other side.2mg
    Watson Pharmaceuticals
    YellowImprinted on one side with the word WATSON curved at the top with the number 746 below. Horizontal line imprinted on the other side.0.5mg
    BlueImprinted on one side with the word WATSON curved at the top with the number 747 below. Horizontal line imprinted on the other side.1mg
    WhiteImprinted on one side with the word WATSON curved at the top with the number 748 below. Horizontal line imprinted on the other side.2mg

    Colors and imprints on a pill serve as a means to identify the medication by manufacturer and strength. These identifiers are registered in a database by the Food and Drug Administration and allow for quick determination of legal versus illegal drugs and herbal supplements.

     

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