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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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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$? That’s insane!
          • Keith S.
            It all depends what what region of the country you’re from. Like when I lived down in KY, they were 10-12 bucks a pop. Now that I live one Ohio, bars go between 4-6 bucks each.
          • Liss
            Actually my hometown on west coast a 2mg bar is 20$ minimum if not more. It’s crazy huh?
      • 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. .
  • Joseph Laino
    What medication can I take to get off Xanax??
  • Louis Spiga
    I personally believe that the. The yellow and blue sticks are the best!!i been on alprazolam for 15 years!and i don’t like the white ones no more.they changed i guess?cause they did nothing for me!!i was on 2 mg.4 times doctor only gives me 2 mg 2 times daily!the 1 mg activas is terrible!!mylan terrible!the green aren’t bad either.but the 2 mg.the 1 mg s**k!can some one tell me how the 2 mg blue ones are?thanks cause i only took the blue for 4 days seemed good but not sure??
    • Francesco
      I just got a script of 60 blue b707 xanax bars.I love em they do.tend to.give me a little heart burn tho.
      • Klc
        Do your blue bars have a glossy looking coat on them? I got the b706 1mg footballs and they are glossy in appearance. I’ve never seen a glossy Xanax at all.
    • JD
      I’ve been taking Xanax bars for the past 10 years every single day except if I can’t get them for a day or two and when that happens I’m going through severe withdraws last time my dealer was out and the whole city was pretty much dry of any benzo‘s for a few days and on the third day I had a seizure but for the past six or seven months and then going through one guy and his whole family uses the same doctor and they all get prescribe 60 of the blue B707 Xanax bars month so sense are used to be addicted to opiates and it was on methadone for a few years it’s on my record now so when my doctor moved to a new state to open up another practice the new doctor I got didn’t believe in prescribing benzo’s so At the time I was getting 90 green bars a month and drug testing once a month for my doctor just show her I would send an addict anymore and wasn’t abusing my pills But the new doctor I got after she left didn’t want to give me benders so by law she had to at least wean me off and she did it very fast she switched me to 60 1 mg Klonopin The first month and then The next month she prescribe me 30 of the 0.5 mg Klonopin and told me that would be my last Ben’s a script and that I needed to find a psychiatrist if I want to take me back on my medication again that she would not prescribe it so for the first year I tried to go to probably 20 different doctors to be put back on my medication of Xanax or Klonopin for my PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder along with panic attacks but every single doctor I tried would not give me my prescription back for any benzo so I had to eventually just go to the streets and start buying them that way and then I did the dark web thing for a little bit but that’s Just too sketchy and risky for me and in the year that I was doing that my tolerance went up to taking seven Xanax bars a day and that was a few years ago then I stop doing that dark web stuff and wind myself down to just taking three bars a day like I was originally prescribed and then as it has gotten harder and harder to keep a solid connect i’ve had to learn to wean myself down to 1 to 2 Xanax bars a day and that’s just taking enough so that I’m not in withdraws 24 seven so I’ve just been taking a half in the morning a half in the afternoon and a whole one at night and when I really have to be cautious with my amounts I’ve been able to take half of Bar in the morning and a half a bar at night with three Benadryl and that actually helps a lot adding the Benadryl with the half of Xanax bar and then I finally got my new connect for the blue beet 707 bars and I got to say they are by far the best Xanax I’ve ever had and they have very strong sedation affects though which is fine with me but some people think that they’re a little too strong to take during the day and that’s OK with me because there’s been times where I only have enough to get me through so I could only take one a day and they’re so strong that I can literally be fine with no withdrawal symptoms taking a half in the morning and a half at about 7 PM before dinner in bed plus I also live in California where marijuana is legal so my nightly ritual is to smoke a joint about 15 to 20 minutes after I take my half of Xanax bar and eat dinner and that works out perfect for me so for anyone trying to wean themselves off of Xanax that’s the Way to go because Benadryl also works on your GABA receptors just like Xanax so I’ve been able to take myself off of seven Xanax bars a day to one Xanax bar a day and just taking two or three Benadryl half a Xanax bar and a joint or half a joint at nighttime before bed and it works amazing especially because I haven’t been taking Xanax to get messed up or abuse them in the past few years just maintaining with enough not to be going through severe withdrawals and that night time recipe works just as good as taking a bar or a bar and a half at night even if you don’t smoke marijuana with it just the Benadryl with 1 mg of Xanax gets me a whole nights rest with no night terrors from my PTSD and no anxiety either so I heard anybody trying to come off of Xanax or Wayne themselves down to a smaller dose to try that little remedy right there and I promise it will work but to answer Your question about the blue ones yes they’re amazing and way better than any other Xanax bar I’ve taken by a long shot unless were talking about some Pressed bars also Because I’ve had my fair share of good pressed bars because my guy would put 3 to 4 mg of alprazolam inside each bar and I would buy 100 at a time for $250 but that’s how I also started abusing them so it was kind of a good thing that I lost that connection And now I won’t take any pressed to bars unless I’m going through severe withdrawal and that’s the only thing I can get but I also have a surplus of test Kits so I’m able to test my bars when I do get pressed ones to make sure that there is no fat now or anything else inside of them, and another thing that I’ve done recently and is very good for people that can’t afford a real prescription or can’t get one from a doctor is switching to research chemical benzos because they’re exactly the same as real benzos except they were just never FDA approved and as of right now you can order them online from vendors for very cheap and there’s a big range of different kind they have benzo’s that are like Klonopin ones that are like Xanax and ones that are like Valium and then they have the ones that are like Xanax and Klonopin on steroids.
  • Yvonne Velez
    Good for her that’s great!!
    • john
      what law states that they meaning doc have to lessen dosage as a way of weaning you off Xanax ,I was prescribed 3 bars a day,but I only used mine for sleep.i would take two at night before I go to bed ,and I would get a good nights sleep,and was able to get up not feeling my doc retired ,and I am having hard time getting any one to prescribe them again .I really use them for sleep,more than anything,i don’t mind the weaning off,but I do feel the need for them for sleep.mainly I need to no what law it is so I can tell my new doc or more so the ome that replaced my old one
  • Bubba
    So I have a pink or purple 4 liine bar.. its xanax.. but what kind or strength
  • James
    Wow, I get them for $5-$6 a pop.
  • Sarah
    I got green xanax bars. One side says xanax. The other side is just a 3. I’ve been researching I dont know what this means.
  • tommy ashley
    If I have been takeing Xanax bars, green, yellow, white and now I am prescribed the blue footballs would it be that one of the bars are stronger and and can to tell me if so cause I need to talk. To my dr about this