It is a brand name of Alprazolam that is a short-acting benzodiazepine. This medication is commonly used to treat short-term management of anxiety disorder, especially for panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.
Types of Xanax Bars
This medication is available in different kinds of colors, dosages, and shapes.
Green Xanax bars [S 90 3]
SHAPE: TRIANGULAR, OVAL, RECTANGULAR, and ROUND
STRENGTH: 2 MG, 3 MG
Green Xanax bar is one of the different types of Xanax bars. These bars are like the white bars and yellow bars on the basis of strength. Green Xanax bars contain 2 mg of active Alprazolam. And that is why the effect of this tablet is similar to yellow and white Xanax bars. Green bars are also known as Hulk Xanax and Monster Xanax.
The oval shape of the green Xanax tablet is also known as Green Football Xanax.
Pink Xanax Bars
SHAPE: OVAL or ROUND
STRENGTH: 0.5 MG
Pink Xanax is available in an oval, or round shape that looks like a football. This type of Xanax not produced widely it is available with a doctor’s prescription only. It is the best medication for panic disorder and anxiety disorder.
White Xanax bars [0.25 mg]
SHAPE: RECTANGULAR, TRIANGULAR, OVAL, and ROUND
STRENGTH: 0.25 MG to 2 MG
White Xanax bars are commonly known as the name sticks in the street. This type of Xanax is very famous around the world. A lot of Pharmaceutical companies are manufacturing it. Companies are making it with the strength of 2 mg since the maximum recommended dosage of Alprazolam is 4 mg per day.
Yellow Xanax bars [R039]
SHAPE: OVAL, RECTANGULAR
STRENGTH: 2 MG
It is the generic form of this medication usually imprinted as 039. This type of Xanax is available in the strength of 2 mg. The effect of these tablets is similar to the white Xanax bars. Yellow Xanax bars are also known as the Yellow school bus. There is only a color difference between the yellow Xanax bar and Green Xanax bars. Yellow Xanax bars are stronger than white and green bars.
Blue Xanax Bars
STRENGTH: 1 MG
This type of Xanax comes in a combination of 2 dosages. You can break the blue Xanax bar into 2 parts to take a dose of 0.5 mg. These pills are imprinted as 31 on them.
Peach Xanax Bars [0.5mg]
SHAPE: OVAL or FOOTBALL
STRENGTH: 0.25 MG to 0.5 MG
Peach Xanax bar is a lower dose of the medication that usually comes in oval or football-shaped. This type of Xanax is available in varying dosages from 0.25 to 0.5 mg. These tablets are recommended for patients with less severe symptoms.
Purple Xanax Bars
SHAPE: ROUND or ELONGATED
STRENGTH: 0.25 to 0.5 MG
Purple pills forms are a popular form of Alprazolam manufactured by a company Pfizer. The prescribed dosage of the purple Xanax bar is 0.25 to 0.5 mg for the treatment of anxiety. Alprazolam is not for use in children.
Liquid Xanax bars
This type of Xanax is different from pills and bars. It is available in the liquid form that is also a prescription medicine mostly for persons with GAD. It is only a different way to take medication; the effect of it is similar to other forms of Xanax.
Dosage and uses of different types of Xanax
We have already mentioned the various types of these medications with their strength. It is also important thing to know what the uses of these different medications are.
It is the lowest dose of Xanax that you can take thrice in a day. It is a recommended initial dose. You can increase your dose gradually at a rate of 0.25 mg.
0.5 mg is the second recommended initial dose for beginners. This dose is the lowest dose for the treatment of persons with anxiety.
These types of dosage are recommended for patients with panic disorder.
There are various colors of bars coming with a strength of 2 mg. It is a higher dose of Xanax; you should take this strength only on the recommendation of your doctor.
Side Effects of Xanax Bars
Different kinds of Xanax bars show similar side effects as they all contain alprazolam. Xanax side effects generally appear at the initiation of therapy, and they tend to disappear after several days or a couple of weeks. The most common side effects that typically all the colors and strengths of Xanax bars cause are drowsiness and lightheadedness.
Frequent side effects for the patients of an anxiety disorder include:
Central Nervous System:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
In addition to the above-mentioned side effects, green and yellow Xanax bars of 2mg and 3mg strengths also shows some other side effects such as irritability, dystonia, difficulty concentration, amnesia, anorexia, memory impairment, loss of coordination, seizures, fatigue, sedation, jaundice, slurred speech, pruritus, musculoskeletal weakness, diplopia, irregular menstruation, and urinary retention.
The adverse effects of different Xanax bars for patients of panic disorder include:
Central Nervous System :
- Memory impairment
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Confusion state
- Abnormal involuntary movement
- Muscular twitching
- Muscle tone disorder
- Strange dreams
- Decreased libido
- Decreased or increased salivation
- Abdominal distress
- Nasal congestion
- Chest pain
- Upper respiratory infection
- Blurred vision
- Muscle stiffness
- Muscle cramps
- Skin rashes
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Weight gain or loss
- Micturition difficulties
- Sexual dysfunction
- Menstrual disorder
Drug Interactions of different Xanax bars
Xanax bars interact with many drugs to create adverse effects for the user. There are also several drugs that lower the effectiveness of Xanax bars. The most common drug interactions of Xanax include:
- Other Central Nervous System Depressants: Different types of Xanax bars contain alprazolam, which is a central nervous system depressant. Combining it with other drugs such as psychotropic medications, anticonvulsants, ethanol, or antihistaminic can cause severe adverse effects as these drugs are also CNS depressants.
- Digoxin: Combining alprazolam with digoxin can cause acute digoxin toxicity.
- Imipramine and Desipramine: If a person takes alprazolam with imipramine or desipramine, the levels of plasma concentration of these two drugs increase rapidly.
- Fluoxetine: Taking alprazolam with fluoxetine, half-life, and concentration of Xanax increase speedily.
- Propoxyphene: propoxyphene also increases the half-life and concentration of alprazolam when taken in combination with Xanax.
Oral contraceptives: Combining Xanax and oral contraceptives are not advisable as it can cause adverse effects for the user.