Types of Diazepam Pills: What to Know and How to Identify Them

Last Updated: July 6, 2020

Authored by Nena Messina, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Michael Espelin APRN

What is a Valium pill? It is a form of the medication diazepam, designed to treat conditions such as anxiety, panic disorder, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal. It can also be used as a light anesthetic for specific medical procedures.
Like many medications, Valium comes in different types of tablets that vary based on things like color, shape, and markings. 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. As such, any pills Valium or the generic diazepam should be easily identifiable. If the tablet is claimed to be diazepam but does not have the proper markings, taking it is dangerous.

The Basics About Diazepam Pills

When it comes to Valium, many users are worried about getting access to the very best type, leading them to research which color or marking indicates the finest option. However, there is no difference in effectiveness between different types of Valium; 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 Valium or diazepam, 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. What does a Valium pill look like? To be safe, users should check pictures of Valium pills and make sure that the medication is correct. Pictures of Valium pills are available online for reference.
A bottle of generic Valium.
So, what are the differences between types of Valium pills? The first is the manufacturer; brand name Valium is made by Roche while the generic diazepam is produced by multiple different companies, each of which 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:

  • Apotheca
  • Barr Laboratories
  • Baxter Healthcare Corp.
  • Hospira; Ivax Pharmaceuticals
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals
  • Parenta Pharmaceuticals
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Roxane Laboratories
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals.

However, not all licensed manufacturers are currently making Diazepam.
Finally, the strength of the tablet should be marked, either 2, 5, or 10 for 2mg, 5mg, and 10 mg respectively.

What Does The Color Diversity of Valium Mean?

Because there are so many Valium and diazepam manufacturers and Valium and diazepam strengths in the US, it can be difficult to write about the various types concisely. To help organize the details users and their loved ones might need to know, it is best to classify the pills by color in diazepam pill identifier.

White Valium

White Valium and diazepam 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, MYLAN 271, 2 DAN 5621, LL D 51, Barr 555 163, 3591 RUGBY, 2 Z 3925, Z 3925 2, 051 R, 2682 V.

Yellow Valium

Yellow Valium pills also have different shapes and markings. Yellow valium mg is always 5mg strength. Once again, brand name Valium is created by Roche and is round with a V-shaped hole in the middle of the tablet. The imprint of this pill 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, DAN 5619 5, 2683 V, Barr 555 363, 3592 RUGBY, Z 3926 5, 052 R.

Blue Valium

Blue Valium pills signify that the medication is 10mg in strength. As with the 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: TEVA 3927, 10 DAN 5620, MYLAN 477, 2684 V, Barr 555 164, 3593 RUGBY, Z 3927 10, 053 R.

Peach (Orange) Valium

Compared to the other colors, orange Valium is quite rare. In fact, orange brand name Valium 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 D 52 LL.

Being Able to Identify Valium Pills Is a Safety Measure

There are a lot of risks involved in not being able to identify medication correctly. Those who are prescribed Valium need to be able to tell if there has been a mix-up at the pharmacy. Caretakers must be able to be certain 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 will serve as a method of protection. Moreover, there are a lot of side effects Valium pills cause.
While Valium and 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 unable to identify the pill based on the imprint, take the safe route and do not consume the pill.

Page Sources

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0000558/

Published on: April 23rd, 2018

Updated on: July 6th, 2020

About Author

Nena Messina, Ph.D.

Nena Messina is a specialist in drug-related domestic violence. She devoted her life to the study of the connection between crime, mental health, and substance abuse. Apart from her work as management at addiction center, Nena regularly takes part in the educational program as a lecturer.

Medically Reviewed by

Michael Espelin APRN

8 years of nursing experience in wide variety of behavioral and addition settings that include adult inpatient and outpatient mental health services with substance use disorders, and geriatric long-term care and hospice care.  He has a particular interest in psychopharmacology, nutritional psychiatry, and alternative treatment options involving particular vitamins, dietary supplements, and administering auricular acupuncture.


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  • jeanne mae mulick
    i have two blue valium with the imprint B706. are they generic. and what strength are they
  • Alex Horne
    Pharmacy switched companies. I’ve always had 5mg yellow tablet. This last refill is am peach/orange, scored, writing Mylan 345. I don’t feel I’m getting muscle spasm relief, 0r rest from aftermath of seizure. Does this company work as well as company that makes other tablet.