Dangers of Xanax Bars: Alprazolam Pills Identifier

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Xanax (Alprazolam) is a powerful and highly addictive benzodiazepine drug which can be prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety, phobias, and panic disorders. The medication was first introduced in the mid-1970s. It has gone on to become the most highly prescribed benzodiazepine in the United States with about 50 million prescriptions written each year. In fact, Xanax is prescribed twice as frequently as other well-known benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan.

The generic name of the drug is alprazolam. This medication acts quickly and produces effects, such as feelings of euphoria, within an hour of ingestion. These effects make it a popular drug of abuse. Xanax bars come in a variety of shapes, colors, and strengths. How much is a bar of Xanax? The price of the drug on the streets, both liquid Xanax and Xanax pills, varies from region to region. Read on to find out how to identify Xanax pills and what the different colors mean.

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Types of Alprazolam: Understanding the Basic Features

cropped view of man with white pills, isolated on whiteMillions of people around the world are addicted to prescription drugs. The easy availability of these medications is the primary reason they are so frequently abused. In fact, alprazolam is one of the most abused drugs in America and worldwide.
Xanax has a direct impact on the human brain. The medication targets the chemical imbalance which leads to anxiety disorders.

Although the drug is fairly safe when used by prescription and under the supervision of a doctor, it can be highly addictive and dangerous when abused.

There are many different types of Xanax pills available by prescription and on the street. These are classified according to their strength or dosage. This is a potent medication that is prescribed in different doses to treat various mental health disorders. Alprazolam is thus available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. A Xanax pill press is a die set that is used to make perfectly shaped tablets.
What is the essential Xanax bar information a user must know? Bar refers to the shape of the pill when it is long and thin. This is a specific form of the medication which contains a 2-mg dose. Therefore, the thin, long bar-shaped tablet contains a relatively high dose of alprazolam. In fact, it is the highest dosage form available other than a 3-mg extended-release tablet. The bar is scored into four smaller sections. This allows users to break the tablet and ingest a smaller fraction of the dose at any given time.
What are Xanax bars? A Xanax bar contains two to four times the dose of medicine typically required to treat anxiety. Bars allow users to save money as they are cheaper than purchasing pills with the precise dose. Genuine bars have a characteristic scored appearance. Users who wish to take a smaller dose can break the bar into portions. Individuals who want to take a 2-mg dose can consume the entire bar.
Some of the common street names and slang terms for Xanax bars are Zanzibars, zanbars, xanbars, zanies, and planks.

Xanax Bars: What Do The Colors Mean?

colorful pills on the yellow backgroundAlprazolam is a powerful drug with a number of short-term and long-lasting health effects. It is available in an enormous variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. This is because each manufacturer wishes to make their pills unique and gives it a characteristic shape and color. By prescription, the medication is available as a:

  • Green three-sided pill with strength 3 mg
  • White rectangle with strength 2 mg
  • Blue round with strength 2 mg
  • Blue oval with strength 1 mg
  • Yellow four-sided pill with strength 1 mg
  • Orange oval with strength 0.5 mg
  • White five-sided pill with strength 0.5 mg
  • Peach round or football-shaped pill with strength 0.5 mg
  • White oval with strength 0.25 mg

What is the strange yellow pill in a teenager’s bag? Xanax pills are usually classified by color. In fact, the drug is available in a rainbow of colors. Xanax colors depend on the manufacturer of the drug. Each company wants to market a pill with a unique shape and color. The color of the pill is usually due to FDA-approved colorants. It is a good idea to be aware of the different colors and shapes of Xanax. This is useful in identifying suspected alprazolam addiction in a friend or a member of the family.

Green Xanax Bar

A number of different pharmaceutical companies produce this form of the medication. Each manufacturer imprints the pills with their unique characteristics. Green pills are similar in strength to white and yellow Xanax bars and typically contain 2 mg of the drug. The effects of the green pills are, therefore, the same as those seen with yellow and white Xanax bars. It is noteworthy that 2 mg is a very high dose of alprazolam and should be taken under strict medical supervision. Green pills are available in rectangular, oval, triangular, and round shapes, usually in doses of 2 mg to 3 mg. In the oval shape, they are known as green football Xanax with a strength of 1 mg. Other street names include green oval Xanax and green monster Xanax. Hulk Xanax is a slow-release form with lower sedation effects. The triangular green pills have a strength of 3 mg and this is the strongest dose available. In general, the green pills are considered stronger than the white ones. The price of green Xanax bars on the street varies according to demand and supply, but typically one bar costs about $6. The green color of the pills comes from FDA-approved colorants. Many users report green bars are the most effective. Green pills are manufactured by pharmaceutical majors such as Actavis, DAVA, Pfizer, and Mylan.

Pink Xanax Bar

This is a common dosage form of alprazolam with a maximum strength of 0.5 mg, which is a dose suitable for the treatment of panic and anxiety disorders. These round or oval-shaped pink pills resemble a football. This type of alprazolam is not widely produced. Pink alprazolam is legally available by physician-authorized prescription only, but many people with a benzodiazepine addiction purchase it on the street or obtain it from friends and family members.

White Xanax Bar

These are rectangular bars that contain 2 mg of active alprazolam and go by the street name sticks. White is the most common color for medications. Tablets of this color are produced by many pharmaceutical companies around the world. It is important to note that the maximum dose of alprazolam is 4 mg per day, so white Xanax bars of 2 mg are a very high dose of the drug. This form of the drug produces strong sedation within minutes of being consumed. The bar is typically marked with scores to make it easy for the user to split into smaller portions. The bar shape of alprazolam in any color (white, yellow, or green) usually contains a 2-mg dose. Because white Xanax bars have such a high strength, it is not advisable to quit them cold turkey because this can produce dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Each manufacturer puts their own unique imprint on the bars, for example, G 372 2 or X ANA X 2. White pills are also available in round, rectangular, oval, and triangular shapes with strength varying from 0.25 mg to 2 mg.

Yellow Xanax Bar

This type of alprazolam pill is the generic form of the drug and sometimes has the number 039 imprinted on it. The strength of yellow Xanax bars is 2 mg and they are similar in effect to the white colored ones. The difference in color is due to the tablets being manufactured by different companies. The street name for this type of alprazolam includes yellow school bus on account of the color and shape. A four-sided 1-mg pill and yellow oval Xanax are the other shapes and strengths that are available. The 2-mg yellow bars typically cost $4 each on the street and are considered stronger than the green or white bars.

Blue Xanax Bar

This is a 1-mg strength of alprazolam that is available in an elliptical or oval shape. Users can break the pills in half to consume a 0.5 mg dose. These pills are schedule 4 controlled substances available by prescription only. The round blue Xanax pills of 1 mg strength are imprinted with 031 R by manufacturer Actavis. The blue color of these tablets comes from some of the inactive ingredients that are used as fillers. These colors are FDA-approved and are safe for human consumption. Blue football Xanax gets its name from the oblong shape that is easy to ingest. On the street, the price of 1 mg Xanax is approximately $2 per pill.

Peach Xanax Bar

Also known as orange Xanax, this is a lower dose of the drug and is usually oval or football shaped. It contains 0.5 mg of active drug and sometimes has the number 257 imprinted on the tablet. Pfizer manufactures elliptical/oval alprazolam in orange colored pills of 0.5 mg strength. It is widely produced in doses ranging from 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg and is typically prescribed for patients with less severe symptoms.

Purple Xanax Bar

This is a popular form of the medication manufactured by Pfizer. These round or elongated pills contain 1 mg of alprazolam and have the name of the drug and 1.0 imprinted on them. For anxiety disorders, the commonly prescribed dose is 0.25 or 0.5 mg. The maximum dose corresponds to about 4 purple Xanax footballs. As with all forms of alprazolam, this drug is contraindicated in pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding, people with narrow-angle glaucoma, individuals with severe kidney or liver disease, and people with allergies to other benzodiazepines. Alprazolam is not prescribed to children and should be used with caution in elderly patients.

Liquid Xanax: How Is It Different From Pills?

There is a liquid form of alprazolam available, although it is not widely prescribed. Each mL of the liquid contains 2 mg of Xanax. This is an alternate form of ingesting the drug, which produces the same effects as the tablets. Liquid Xanax is prescribed for generalized anxiety disorders, depression, panic disorders, insomnia, and sometimes also for alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
To ingest liquid alprazolam, it is generally recommended to mix the medication in applesauce, pudding, or a beverage. The two should be combined just prior to consumption and not in advance. The liquid form is faster acting than the pill form as it is absorbed more readily. The bottle of medication must be refrigerated to maintain its efficacy. A common medication mistake is measuring out the liquid drug in a regular spoon. It is important to measure out the medicine in a special spoon or cup for dose accuracy. Liquid alprazolam can be ingested with or without food.

Xanax in System: How to Get It Out

Like all prescription medications, alprazolam has a number of side effects, ranging from drowsiness, dry mouth, headaches, and fatigue, to dizziness, difficulty concentrating, changes in sex drive, and poor sexual performance. Some individuals experience weight changes, problems with urination and constipation, seizures, shortness of breath, and mood changes.

An overdose of this drug can lead to slurred speech, blurring of vision, depressed respiration, coma and even death.

When used in large quantities over a long period of time, the abuser develops a chemical and physical dependency on the drug and an inability to function without it. This is known as addiction. With continued use, tolerance occurs whereby an increased frequency and larger doses are needed to produce the same effects. When a person addicted to Xanax stops using it, they usually experience withdrawal symptoms, which are not only unpleasant but may also be life-threatening.
If someone is abusing alprazolam without a doctor’s prescription, it is important to get it out of the system under medical supervision. The detoxification process depends on the duration, frequency, and dose being abused. Doctors slowly wean off the drug over a period of weeks. How long does Xanax stay in system? It usually takes about one week for Xanax to be completely removed from the body. Trained staff can help addicts cope with withdrawal symptoms and provide medications for comfort. Further into the detoxification process, the focus shifts from physical symptoms to addressing the root cause of the addiction. Techniques such as group and individual counseling and cognitive behavior therapy are used to encourage positive behaviors.

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View Sources
  1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
  2. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/6-tips-avoid-medication-mistakes
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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.


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  • Kelsey
    I’m so sorry you are dealing with all of this. I am 28 as of April 2019 and I’ve been on suboxone for 5 years bc I, too, was heavily addicted to opiates as well as benzos. I had my daughter 3 and half years ago and I was not on anything except subutex and I’m blessed to have such an intelligent and beautiful daughter. But please, try to get on suboxone or even methadone even though I know methadone is kinda rough. I know they say we just substitute one drug for another but I can honestly say I haven’t touched an opiate in years! I am prescribed Xanax bc I have severe anxiety but when I read your message it broke my heart. If u respond back I’ll five u my email so we can talk. I am open minded and I will be a shoulder to cry on.
    My recomendation is to go see a psychiatrist and explain you situation. he or she HAS to wean you off the drug. it could and should take 3 months, maybe longer. just make up your mind that you want that 12 yrs of sobriety again. Congratulations
  • Rebecca
    Information please, which is stronger 0.5 orange oval or yellow rectangular r039 How much do I need to break off from the yellow pill to make it 0.5 pill,
    • Tara
      Hey Rebecca! I seen your question and I just wanted to let you know the yellow pill is stronger. You would only break off 1 square to be a 0.5mg. So one yellow one broke into 4’s will be the same as the 0.5.
  • Hazel
    Unfortunately Xanax bars now go for around $6-$10 per bar. You’re lucky to find them for $6!!!
    • Kayray
      If you buy bulk you get em about $1.50 each
      • XanQueen
        I wish they were that cheap….$11-14 now
        • Lea
          I’ve been on 2mg three times a day for 11 years now. I have been trying to wean off. I have gone almost a year without them, but I find I can’t live without them. Especially now with a custody battle going on.. I remember when these bars cost 2$on the street. I read some of these posts and saw someone said up top 12$? That’s insane!
      • Dizzle
        1:50neaxh with script? Because otherwise you are buying. Fakes. And just got to the block on sf and you can grind presses all day for five. And green ones. .