Xanax, the brand name for the benzodiazepine alprazolam, can come in several different dosage forms, including a Xanax bar. Xanax bars can come in many colors with different imprints. Knowing how to identify them is important if you or a loved one take the drug.
A Xanax bar is a type of Xanax oral tablet. Different types of Xanax tablets exist — while many are oval-shaped, some are rectangular and bar-shaped. Xanax bars contain score marks, so they can be broken into smaller doses.
Xanax bars are rectangular and can be in different colors. An entire bar contains 2 mg of the active drug alprazolam unless it is counterfeit. This is true regardless of the manufacturer. Xanax bars are scored so they can be split into smaller doses, specifically, four 0.5 mg pieces or two 1 mg pieces.
White Xanax bars are imprinted with “XANAX” on one side and “2” on the other. White Xanax bars are the only alprazolam product actually sold under the brand name Xanax, which Pfizer owns.
Blue Xanax bars contain alprazolam but are a generic drug not sold under the brand name Xanax. Instead, Breckenridge Pharmaceutical produces them. They are imprinted with “B707” on one side with no imprint on the other.
Yellow Xanax bars are sometimes called “school buses” because of their color. They are a generic drug not sold under the brand name Xanax. Rather, the drug company Actavis manufactures them. They are imprinted with “R039” on one side, with the R written in a looped cursive style. The drug’s other side has no imprint.
Green Xanax bars are sometimes called “hulks” because of their color, a reference to the green-skinned Incredible Hulk in the Marvel entertainment universe. They are not sold under the brand name Xanax but are a generic equivalent manufactured by Dava Pharmaceuticals. They are imprinted with “S903” on one side and have no imprint on the other.
Red Xanax bars are counterfeit and contain a much higher than expected amount of the active drug alprazolam. These bars, believed to contain the equivalent of 5 mg of Xanax, are nicknamed “Red Devils” and sometimes imprinted with XANAX on one side and “R666” on the other. Because they are counterfeit, it is impossible to be sure of their ingredients, only that they are not legitimate alprazolam products.
All legitimate Xanax bars contain a total of 2 mg of the active drug alprazolam. The bars are scored so they can be broken into four pieces of 0.5 mg each or two pieces of 1 mg each.
Xanax bars have many common street names, many referring to the drug’s color or shape. These include:
To minimize the risk of addiction, it is important only to take Xanax prescribed to you and to take it exactly as prescribed. Do not take the drug more often or at a higher dose than your doctor tells you. Doing so can increase your risk of addiction and overdose.
It is possible to overdose on Xanax. Since the drug is a central nervous system depressant, it slows down brain and body function. Sometimes, this can lead to dangerous or life-threatening effects. Possible signs of a Xanax overdose include:
These effects are even more dangerous when Xanax is mixed with other central nervous system depressants like opioids. For this reason, the FDA has a boxed warning about taking Xanax with opioids. Combining them can increase the risk of overdose and death. In 2020 alone, 16% of overdose deaths from opioids also involved a benzo like Xanax, and more than 1,200 fatal Xanax overdoses occurred.
If you think someone may be overdosing on Xanax, you should call 911 right away. Seeking emergency medical attention can save their life.
If you or a loved one is addicted to Xanax, help is available. The Recovery Village Columbus offers medical detox and rehab programs to get you off Xanax for good. Our medical detox program safely weans you off Xanax and helps you avoid withdrawal symptoms. Following detox, our rehab program ensures you have the tools to stay off Xanax for good. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
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