What Are Xanax Bars, Xanax is the brand-name for alprazolam, a Benzodiazepine which doctors prescribe to treat generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Throughout the world, Xanax is one of the most commonly-prescribed medications for anxiety. In the United States, Xanax is a Schedule IV controlled substance. It is illegal to possess Xanax without a prescription. While Xanax helps many people feel calm under stress, the drug also poses risks for side-effects, overdose, and dependence. One of the most common forms of Xanax is what is called a “bar.”
Alprazolam can exist in several forms, including as a liquid, a disintegrating tablet, or a pill. Xanax bars are rectangular alprazolam pills which weigh usually 2 milligrams. Brand-name Xanax bar are white. Generic alprazolam bars are typically yellow, green, or blue. Blue Xanax bar weigh 1 milligram. The heavier a Xanax , the more alprazolam it contains. Strictly-speaking, round or elliptical alprazolam pills are not Xanax . They also tend to weigh less. For example, purple, pink, and orange Xanax pills are usually round. A purple Xanax pill weighs 1 milligram, while pink and orange Xanax pills only weigh 0.5 milligrams.
Most Xanax pills are indented in one or two places to allow a person to break them apart for smaller doses. Some Xanax bars can be divided into as many as four pieces to provide four doses of 0.5 or 0.25 milligrams. “Planks,” “zanies,” and “school buses” (for yellow pills) are common slang terms for Xanax bars.