What are Xanax and its uses?
Xanax is one of the top prescribed psychiatric medications in the USA. It is the brand version for generic alprazolam, coming under the benzodiazepine class of drugs. One of the widely discussed topics about medicine is the types of Xanax.
In the year 2016, Xanax was the 19th most prescribed drug in America, with over 27 million prescriptions made that year.
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Xanax most commonly comes in the form of the bar used for the treatment of anxiety disorder, panic disorder, short term symptoms of anxiety, or anxiety associated with depression. Mostly, doctors prescribe Xanax for anxiety and panic disorders; however, it also manages nausea due to chemotherapy.
Alprazolam vs. Xanax
Comparing alprazolam vs. Xanax, both medications help treat panic and anxiety disorder. Alprazolam is the generic formulation, while Xanax is the brand version of the same drug. The only difference between these two is the price of medicines. Alprazolam is much cheaper than Xanax, as it is a generic medication.
What are the different types of Xanax?
There are different types of Xanax based on their formulation and color. Different colors of the Xanax bars indicate different strengths and types of Xanax.
Based on the formulation, there are two types of Xanax:
The most popular form of the Xanax are bars. Xanax bars are rectangular pills that often come as pre-scored. Different kinds of Xanax tablets are triangular, round, oval, or elliptical tablets.
It comes in small bottles containing alprazolam. Liquid Xanax is no different from Xanax pills. Each milliliter of liquid Xanax is equivalent to a 2-milligram dose of Xanax (alprazolam).
Various types of Xanax based upon their color and strength variability are:
White Xanax is rectangle-shaped Xanax bars containing 2 milligrams of the drug. It is a pre-scored tablet for ease of use. White Xanax bars produce heavy sedation within minutes of consumption. White Xanax also comes in other forms and strengths such as round, oval, rectangle, and triangle shapes with concentration ranging from 0.25mg to 2mg. The street name of the white Xanax bar is a stick.
Yellow Xanax bars is the generic form of the medication. They come in the strength of 2mg alprazolam. Yellow Xanax produces the same effects as white Xanax, but the difference in colors is only due to the drugs manufactured by different companies. Other forms of yellow Xanax are four-sided rectangular 1 mg pills and oval tablets. The street name of yellow Xanax is a yellow school bus on account of its shape and color.
Green, white, and yellow Xanax bars of 2mg strength is the same in efficacy. The only difference is the color of pills. Green Xanax is also available in oval, round, rectangle, and triangle shapes in the strengths ranging from 1mg to 3mg. The street names of green Xanax include hulk Xanax and green monster (2mg green Xanax bars), and green football (1mg oval Xanax).
Blue Xanax bars come in oval or elliptical shape pills having 1mg dose. They have scored pills for the user to consume two 0.5mg doses. The street name of blue Xanax is blue football Xanax due to its color and elongated shape.
Orange or peach Xanax is a lower dose of Xanax prescribed in less severe cases of anxiety. It is an oval-shaped pill containing 0.50mg of alprazolam. It comes in strengths of 0.25mg and 0.50mg.
Pink Xanax is available in round or oval shapes in the strength of 0.50 milligrams of alprazolam. It is also a lower dose of Xanax suitable for treating initial symptoms of anxiety disorder. The street of pink Xanax is school girls or pink football on account of its color and shape.
What are the side effects of Xanax?
The long term side effects of Xanax bar include:
- Drug dependence
- Addiction, abuse, or misuse
- Withdrawal syndrome
- Mood changes
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of coordination
- Effects on the respiratory system
- Effects on the central nervous system