Valium is a form of the medication diazepam, designed to treat conditions such as anxiety, panic disorder, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal. Like many medications, it comes in different types of tablets that vary based on color, shape, and markings, such as Teva 3927 or Mylan 345. Out of all the elements one can find on diazepam pills, these markings are the most important as the FDA requires them on all drugs they approve.
Tablets without these markings are either from another country, counterfeit, or not yet FDA approved.
What Does Valium Look Like?
Valium pills can be classified by color. It is because all tablets of the same color contain the same amount of diazepam. This information makes it possible to recognize the valium dosage right away, just seeing the color.
White Valium Pill
White pills can come in different shapes and markings, but they only come in a single strength: 2mg. Brand name Valium from Roche is the most distinctive; it is round with a hole in the shape of the letter V in the center. The imprint on the tablet reads ROCHE ROCHE 2 VALIUM.
White diazepam pills are all small and round. What makes them distinct are their imprints. Generic white diazepam in the United States will have one of the following imprints:
Teva 3925 pill is 8mm in size and is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA. It is not recommended to take it for longer than 4 month, as it can lead to diazepam addiction and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation. To avoid such risks take the medication only as prescribed.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc supplies this type of Valium pills. Among its inactive ingredients are magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulfate, silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose, and cornstarch.
2 DAN 5621
This pill is supplied by Watson Pharmaceuticals. It is a Schedule IV drug, having some potential for misuse and abuse.
L.L. D 51
L.L. D 51 pill is white, round, containing 2mg of diazepam, like all white pills. It is available only by prescription.
Barr Laboratories, Inc. supplies this Valium pill. It has 555 163 imprinted on one side and “Barr” on the other.
This tablet has the name of the supplier imprinted on it. On the other side, it has numbers 3591 imprinted.
2 Z 3925
It is identified as diazepam 2mg and is supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
The supplier of the 051 R pill is Actavis Pharma. The diazepam dosage in this tablet is the same, being 2mg of the active ingredient.
The supplier of 2685V is Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc. The pill is white, round, and the same in size as other white Valium pills.
Yellow Valium Pills
Yellow Valium pills also have different shapes and markings. Yellow diazepam is always 5mg strength. The imprint on the brand name yellow pills reads ROCHE ROCHE VALIUM 5.
Yellow diazepam pills are small and round without a hole in the center. Its imprint distinguishes each type. These generic pills can come with the following prints in the United States:
Teva 3926 is yellow and round. It is supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Teva 3926, like all yellow pills, has a higher diazepam dosage than white pills.
DAN 5619 5
The supplier of this Valium pill is Watson Laboratories, Inc. It also contains 5mg of the active ingredient. Inactive ingredients include microcrystalline cellulose, lactose anhydrous, and magnesium stearate.
This pill is identified as diazepam 5mg. It is round in shape and supplied by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc. Its use is not recommended during pregnancy as it can pose a risk to the fetus and the pregnant woman.
Barr 555 363
This round yellow pill has “Barr” imprinted on one side and 555 363 on the other. It is supplied by Barr Laboratories, Inc.
The pill with an imprint 3592 Rugby is round and supplied by Rugby. Mixing Valium with alcohol or other CNS depressants is dangerous and can lead to adverse reactions and even overdose. That is why it is essential to always inform the doctor about other medications one is taking.
Z 3926 5
It has “5” imprinted on one side and “Z 3926” on the other. The supplier is IVAX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. Valium half-life is 48 hours and it can remain detectable for up to 3 month after the last use.
Just like 051R, this one is supplied by Actavis Pharma. The only difference is the diazepam dosage, being 5mg in 052 R.
Blue Valium Pill
Blue Valium pills signify that the medication is 10mg in strength. As with other types, they come in different shapes and markings, with the brand name version from Roche also having the V-shaped hole in the center. The imprint on the blue Valium pill reads ROCHE ROCHE VALIUM 10.
Blue generic diazepam pills are small round pills without a hole in them. As before, each type has a unique imprint. The imprints patients may encounter in the United States are as follows:
Just like Teva 3926 (yellow pill), Teva 3927 is supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals. It has “TEVA” imprinted on one side so that the user can identify the manufacturer easily. Teva 3927 pill contains 10 mg of the active ingredient, being the highest available dosage form. Taking large amounts of the drug can lead to diazepam overdose.
10 DAN 5620
The pill with an imprint 10 on one side and DAN 5620 on the other is identified as diazepam 10mg. The supplier is Watson Pharmaceuticals.
This Valium pill also contains 10 mg of the active ingredient. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Inc manufactures it. Its inactive ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, calcium stearate, croscarmellose sodium, silicon dioxide, and lactose monohydrate.
Barr 555 164
The imprint “Barr” on this blue round pill makes it easy for the user to identify the manufacturer, which is Barr Laboratories.
This pill has the same dosage of diazepam as Teva 3927 or 2684 V. The tablet is supplied by Rugby.
Z 3927 10
The pill with an imprint Z 3927 is blue and also contains 10mg of diazepam. The supplier is IVAX Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Actavis Pharma manufactures 053 R pill. It is available only by prescription and prescribed for anxiety disorders, restless leg syndrome, and other conditions.
Orange and Green Valium Pill
Compared to the other colors, orange is quite rare. Orange brand name version does not exist, but orange generic diazepam does. The only version currently in existence is the Mylan 345 pill. It is small and round and a peach shade of orange. The pill Mylan 345 comes in 5mg strength and is imprinted MYLAN 345.
The orange pill is not the only unusual diazepam pill on the market; there is also a 5mg green pill with the imprint MYLAN 477.
Valium Dosage Forms and Names
Apart from the generic form, diazepam is also available in branded versions. The most common diazepam brand name is Valium.
Other Names Include:
- Diastat AcuDial
Knowing and identifying the pills and the dosage in them makes the user aware of what they are taking and can help avoid the risks of consuming counterfeit medications or too much of the drug.
Valium is available in the form of tablets manufactured by Roche Laboratories. It is available in three dosage forms: 2mg, 5mg, and 10mg. The exact dosage prescribed will vary based on a patient’s condition and overall health. Usually, the dose of 2 to 10 mg is prescribed 2 to 4 times daily.
Diastat is another diazepam brand name. It is present in the form of rectal gel. It is intended for individual patients with epilepsy who require occasional use of the drug to control seizure activity. When prescribing Diastat, Diazepam dosage must be individualized to reach the maximum benefit for the patient. The recommended dose is 0.2-0.5mg/kg, depending on age.
The Available Dosage Forms Are:
The Basics About Valium Pills
When it comes to diazepam, many users are worried about getting access to the very best type, leading them to research which color or marking indicates the most acceptable option. However, there is no difference in effectiveness between different types of pills; they all accomplish the same things by acting on the body in the same way.
The more significant concern is making sure that users are taking a medication that is exactly what they need, depending on if they want the brand name or the generic pill. Tablets given at pharmacies in the United States should be exactly what is written on the prescription, but sometimes pharmacists make errors. To be safe, users should check pictures of Valium pills and ensure that the medication is correct. Images are available online for reference.
So, what are the differences between types of Valium pills? The first is the manufacturer; Roche makes brand name diazepam while the generic form is produced by multiple different companies. Each of them must label their pills in a slightly different manner so the medication can always be traced back to the correct company.
Licensed Generic Diazepam Manufacturers In the U.S. Are:
- Barr Laboratories (Barr 163, Barr 363, Barr 164)
- Baxter Healthcare Corp.
- Ivax Pharmaceuticals
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals (Mylan 345, Mylan 477, Mylan 271
- Parenta Pharmaceuticals
- Qualitest Pharmaceuticals(2682 V, 2683 V, 2684 V)
- Roxane Laboratories
- Watson Pharmaceuticals (DAN 5621, DAN 5619, DAN 5620)
- Teva Pharmaceuticals (Teva 3927, Teva 3926, Teva 3925)
However, not all licensed manufacturers are currently making diazepam. Finally, the tablet’s strength should be marked, either 2, 5, or 10 for 2mg, 5mg, and 10 mg, respectively.
Being Able to Identify Pills Is a Safety Measure
There are a lot of risks involved in not being able to identify medication correctly. Those who are prescribed the medication need to be able to tell if there has been a mix-up at the pharmacy. Caretakers must be able to be sure their charges are taking the correct medication. Parents need to be able to tell what medication their child has should they find them in possession of pills. Ultimately, being able to tell what medication it is will serve as a method of protection. Moreover, there are a lot of side effects Valium pills cause.
While diazepam pills come in different colors and shapes, all should be easy to identify based on their imprints. If unable to locate the imprint or identify the pill based on the imprint, take the safe route and do not consume it.
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