What is Xanax?
Xanax is a brand of alprazolam, a powerful benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. The medication comes in the form of a tablet that quickly dissolves in the mouth, an extended-release tablet, or a concentrated oral solution. Generic Xanax comes in different shapes, colors, and sizes.
Benzodiazepines can have therapeutic anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, muscle relaxing, and sedative effects. Xanax works by increasing the effects of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which promotes calmness and produces a relaxed feeling. The drug decreases the level of excitement in the brain to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
Alprazolam is among the most prescribed benzodiazepine drugs in the U.S. and is among the benzodiazepines most often found in the illegal market, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Xanax is often prescribed for mental health disorders related to anxiety. It can be used to treat general anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. It can also be used to treat seizures. For people who suffer from anxiety, it can create a sense of relief to focus on their lives without issues of anxiety or phobias plaguing them. When used as prescribed, it can calm people down and make them feel relaxed.
Xanax can also reduce physiological symptoms of anxiety and fear, such as a racing heart or hyperventilation. These drugs are so often prescribed because they work well on anxiety and they’re cheap.
However, many people use Xanax for nonmedical reasons, taking it in larger doses or more frequently than prescribed because it can create a euphoric feeling, especially at higher doses. Xanax tends to start acting quickly after a person takes it, and the euphoric effects of the drug will usually manifest themselves within about an hour after taking it.
A tendency has grown in some social circles to view Xanax, as a type of “alcohol” in pill form. It’s become socially acceptable among these groups of friends to get together and share Xanax with one another. Of the 30.5 million people who used benzos in 2015, 17.1% misused them. Misusing Xanax or combining it with other substances like alcohol can amplify its effects, but the results can also be deadly.
Along with recreational use, many people rely on Xanax to deal with issues like situational anxiety without having to commit to therapy, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Xanax is popular in America, for example, because there is a tendency for people to love things that are looked at as a quick fix. Xanax isn’t a long-term medication, so some people “take it when they need it” for relief. The temporary relief they feel can help in a fast-paced world with constant exposure to negative world news, stressful jobs, and uncertainty.
Yellow vs White Xanax: Is yellow Xanax stronger than white?
The yellow Xanax bars are similar in strength to white and typically contain 2 mg. Therefore, the effects of the white Xanax pills are the same as those seen with yellow bars.
White pills are available in round, rectangular, oval, and five-sided shapes with strength varying from 0.25 mg to 2 mg, while most Yellow Xanax pills contain 1 mg of alprazolam, except for the 2 mg bar. The XANAX 2 white pill, the G3722 white pill, MYLAN A4 pills, 2090 V pill, and the U94 pills all contain 2mg alprazolam. The 2091 V contains 0.5 mg and the GG256 contains 0.25mg alprazolam respectively.
The yellow Xanax pills also come in different shapes, colors, and sizes. For example, the E198 pill contains 3mg, the R039 pill contains 2mg, the R84 pills contain 1mg and the S901 pills contain 0.5mg of alprazolam respectively.
Most Xanax bars 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.