Green Xanax Bar. (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 street price of the drug, 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
How Many Milligrams Are in a Bar of Xanax?
Xanax, which is a name brand of alprazolam manufactured by Pfizer, comes in several different strengths. Xanax bars usually refer to 2-milligram-strength tablets of the drug.
Name brand Xanax bars are white and rectangular tablets imprinted with “XANAX” on one side and the number “2” on the other side. They are scored, or indented, in three places, so one pill can be broken into four 0.25-mg pieces.
There are also a number of similar looking generic versions of the drug. Par Pharmaceuticals distributes pale green Xanax bars. The 2-mg rectangular pills — which are imprinted with “S 90 3” — have two scores, instead of three, so they can be broken into three equal 0.66mg squares.
Actavis Pharma markets a yellow version of the drug. The 2-mg tablets are sometimes referred to as “yellow school buses” on the street. Other common slang terms for Xanax bars include: “sticks,” “planks,” “bricks,” “bars,” “zbars,” “handlebars,” “totem poles” and “zanies.”
What Color Xanax Pill Is the Strongest?
Color, along with the shape of a tablet, can provide some clues about the strength of alprazolam tablets — but it’s not a perfect indicator. That’s because different manufacturers use different colors for their formulations.
The lowest dose of alprazolam, 0.25 mg, usually comes as an oblong, white pill that is scored down the middle — and most manufacturers pills look relatively the same, according to a search of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s pill identification database.
But while most 0.5-mg alprazolam tablets, for instance, are football-shaped and pink or peach in color, some manufacturers sell 0.5-mg tablets that are yellow. And although 1-mg tablets are usually blue, some are green. As mentioned above, 2-mg Xanax bars are usually white, yellow or light green.
The highest strength dose of Xanax is a 3-mg extended-release tablet. That pill is triangular — not bar-shaped — and green.
Because of the wide variety of strengths and manufacturers, you should never take alprazolam unless it’s been specifically prescribed to you and came from its original prescription pill bottle.