Xanax Bars Addiction and Dependency

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About Xanax Bars

What are Xanax Bars? It’s a question you may be asking yourself, but the answer is not always so simple. The name Xanax bars refer to the 2 mg pills which are 2-4 times the average dose that’s needed to treat anxiety. They are long rectangular pills that are stored inside a prescription bottle or blister pack. These pills can be called alprazolam or generic Xanax, depending on who manufactures them. 

More importantly, Xanax and the class of drugs they belong to can cause you to rapidly build a tolerance to them —and are dangerous when they are not taken as directed. That said, it’s important to understand what they are and how you can find help if needed. The following guide will help you to learn more about Xanax, including its side effects, how long the drug stays in your system, and more. 

What is Xanax (Alprazolam)?

XANAX is the brand name given to the drug Alprazolam, a drug belonging to the class of medications called benzodiazepines or “benzos.” Typically prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication, Xanax is the most widely prescribed of all benzodiazepines, and the drug is used as a method to alleviate anxiety and treat panic disorders. Unfortunately, it has also become one of the most misused prescription drugs on the market, infiltrating homes and communities with little regard to race, age, gender, creed, or color. 

Originally released by the Upjohn Company in 1981, Xanax was a viable alternative to another benzodiazepine Valium which, until Xanax hit the market, had been the most popular prescription drug in America. The Upjohn Company (which today is a part of Pfizer) had filed for the patent for Xanax in 1969 and it was granted in 1976. However, it wasn’t until the U.S. FDA approved alprazolam in 1981 that the drug cornered the market and gained traction as a Schedule IV narcotic.

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What Does Xanax Look Like?

If you are unfamiliar with Xanax, when you hear the term “Xanax bars,” you might be tempted to think that it’s something that is rectangular-shaped like a chocolate bar or energy bar. However, that’s not always the case, and they can come in different shapes and color designations that are mainly dependent on the dosage. 

To explain, 2 mg Xanax pills are white, elongated, and marked with three lines on one side to indicate where to break them. On one side, the word “XANAX” is imprinted on it. The other side has “2” to stand for 2 mg on the other side. Street slang for this pill is known as “Xanax cookie.” 

And while the Xanax cookie IS bar-shaped, they can also be oblong, triangular, elliptical, etc, depending on dosages and on the manufacturer. 

Street Name Used for Xanax Bars & Alprazolam

As it has become more and more popular, nicknames for Xanax bars have also emerged. You’ve learned about the name Xanax cookie here, but street names for Xanax bars also include “zanie-bars,” “zanzibars,” “z-bars,” “bars”, “planks” and “bricks,” to name a few. 

What Are The Effects of Xanax

When taken as directed (which should always be done under the supervision of a qualified physician), alprazolam can cause drowsiness and relieve insomnia. In addition, Xanax is intended to treat anxiety and other mood disorders, so it will make you feel calmer. Patients who are taking prescribed Xanax have also reported feeling more comfortable and tired.

Unlike other drugs like cocaine or heroin that give you a “high” or euphoric feeling, individuals who use Xanax recreationally say it makes them feel relaxed. Feelings associated with Xanax are what lead to addiction, as people want to experience these “warm, fuzzy” feelings all of the time.

Knowing the Dangers of Xanax Bars

While there are individuals who take Xanax recreationally, addiction usually happens by accident. Many addictions begin as a result of doctors’ prescriptions. Nonetheless, whether misused for medical or non-medical purposes, one’s tolerance level will increase rapidly and the effects will become more powerful. 

When misused, Xanax is capable of producing strong sedation and can lead to a lethargic state. At higher levels, this causes a person to suddenly feel as if they are extremely sleep-deprived and need to fight to stay awake. 

This sleep deprivation increases proportionally to dosage and eventually becomes powerful enough to force the individual into a deep state of unconsciousness. This is usually preceded by loss of motor skills and coordination with the effect ranging from motor impairment and difficulty moving at lower doses to complete lethargy or inability to stand up or move at high doses. 

When mixed with alcohol, Alprazolam (as with other benzos) usually leads to memory loss or dangerous “blackouts”.

How Long Does Xanax Stay In Your System?

Since Xanax has a half-life of around 12 hours, most people will have the drug out of their systems after 4 days. A half-life is defined as the amount of time it takes for the concentration of the drug to be reduced by 50% (in other words, after one half-life, the concentration of the drug in the body will be half of the starting dose). 

Urine tests can detect Xanax for up to 5-7 days after the last use. Saliva tests can detect Xanax for up to 2.5 days after the last use. Blood tests can detect Xanax for up to 1-6 days after the last use.

The Many Colors of Xanax 

Xanax, which is the name brand of alprazolam manufactured by Pfizer, comes in several different strengths. The term “Xanax bars” usually refers to the 2-milligram-strength tablets of the drug; these are white and rectangular tablets imprinted with the word “XANAX” on one side and the number “2” on the other side. These pills are scored (indented) in three places so that one pill can be broken into four 0.25-mg pieces.

The company called Par Pharmaceuticals distributes pale green Xanax bars. These 2-mg rectangular pills are different in that they have the imprint “S 90 3” and have two scores (instead of three) and can be broken into three equal 0.66 doses.

A Yellow version of the drug is manufactured by Actavis Pharma. These particular 2-mg tablets are often referred to as “school buses” on the street.

As is apparent, different manufacturers use different colors for their formulations. The lowest dose of alprazolam is 0.25 mg, and it usually comes as an oblong white pill that is scored down the middle. The highest-strength dose of Xanax, however, is a 3-mg extended-release tablet. Unlike others, this pill is triangular (not bar-shaped) and green. Manufacturers often give their medications different shapes and colors in an attempt to make them seem separate or unique.

Familiarizing yourself with the various colors and strengths can be useful in identifying suspected alprazolam addiction in a loved one.

By prescription, alprazolam (Xanax) is available as a:

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Green Xanax Bar

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. 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, green pills are considered stronger than white ones. The price of green Xanax bars on the street varies according to demand and supply, but typically one bar costs about $6.

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. It is important to note that the maximum dose of alprazolam is 4 mg per day, so white Xanax bars of 2 mg is 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 or grooves to make it easy for the user to split it 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 severe and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Each manufacturer puts its 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 is “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 $4.00 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. On the street, the price of 1 mg of Xanax is approximately $2.00 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 anxiety symptoms.

Purple Xanax Bar

This is a popular form of 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.

Detox and Rehab for Xanax Addiction & Dependency

Upwards of 47 million prescriptions for Xanax are written every year, making it the most popular psychiatric medication in the United States. These numbers contribute to the fact that up to 40% of people who take benzodiazepines like Xanax will develop an addiction to those pills. Treatment for this kind of debilitating addiction has to be a two-pronged approach that is both physical and psychological.

Medical detox is necessary to circumvent the hazards of benzo withdrawal and remain comfortable and safe as the body becomes accustomed to the absence of Xanax. Rehab, itself, however, is also vital for skill-building and relapse-prevention planning while learning to understand and defy core issues that may have led to addiction in the first place.

Private Rehab for Xanax: Addiction Treatment Center

Annandale Behavioral Health is located in Pasadena near Los Angeles in California. The treatment center offers a full continuum of care including medically supervised detox, stabilization, residential treatment, and aftercare services that bridge the gap from treatment to home. We also have a robust wellness program that is supported by our strong clinical team consisting of highly regarded physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, nursing, and support staff. 

Our multidisciplinary team allows us to provide a holistic, individualized treatment program for each person. True wellness starts from a place deep within us. Annandale teaches, promotes, and supports this as a new way of life.

If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction or are addicted to benzos or benzodiazepines, THERE IS A SOLUTION. Please feel free to call us anytime, day or night, at 1-855-778-8668. We’re here to help.

For more information, please visit our homepage and learn about our wide array of programs and services.

Annandale Behavioral Health offers Medical Detox for Xanax

If you or a loved one is struggling with Xanax addiction or are addicted to benzos or benzodiazepines, THERE IS A SOLUTION. Please feel free to call us anytime, day or night, at 1-855-778-8668. We’re here to help.

We offer a full continuum of care including a

thereby bridging the gap from treatment to home.

We have a robust wellness program that is supported by our strong clinical team consisting of highly regarded physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, nursing, and support staff. Our multidisciplinary team allows us to provide a holistic, individualized treatment program for each person. True wellness starts from a place deep within us. Annandale teaches, promotes and supports this as a new way of life.

For more information, please visit our homepage and learn about our array of programs and services.