Xanax is the brand name for Alprazolam, a short-acting tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine class which acts on the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it in October 1981. It is a federal controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence.
It’s no secret that drug and pharmaceutical prices in the United States can be outrageously expensive at times. Recent media reports have mentioned how many people are seeking to purchase drugs in other countries or online. Many common drugs available in the United States including Xanax can be purchased in Mexico, often at a significant reduction in cost.
However, with the increasing rate of overdoses associated with medications linked to Mexico, more and more people are now looking for information on the safety measures to adopt when buying medications in Mexico or from Mexican drug companies.
Here are 5 important things you should know about Mexican Xanax:
- The Most Popular Brand in Mexico is Farmapram
Farmapram is a brand of alprazolam (Xanax) in Mexico produced by Ifa Celtics with registration number 420M2001 SSA II. The most common is the bottled pack which contains 2mg of the active ingredient alprazolam and usually comes in a brown glass bottle containing 30 rectangular bars with a white cap. Mexican Xanax bars including Farmapram have no imprints.
Other presentations include:
0.25 mg. box with 30 and 90 slotted tablets
0.50 mg. box with 30 and 90 slotted tablets
Farmapram is not an FDA-approved medication but it is popular among Americans.
2. There Are Fake Versions of Farmapram Laced With Fentanyl
As with any popular brand, there are fake versions of Farmapram in circulation. Mexican Cartels are making fake versions of this medication using Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Drug dealers are producing fake Farmapram pills laced with fentanyl because it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a cheaper option. This is especially risky when people taking drugs don’t realize they might contain fentanyl as a cheap but dangerous additive. They might be taking stronger opioids than their bodies are used to and can be more likely to overdose. Mortalities due to fentanyl derivatives are on the rise with novel fentanyl analogs wreaking havoc on a global scale.
3. Never Buy Mexican Xanax from Pharmacy which does not ask for a doctor’s prescription.
Buying fake Xanax bars from Mexico can be a death sentence especially when it contains deadly substances like fentanyl. Legitimate pharmacies always require prescriptions. In fact, many patients are surprised to learn that it’s not legal for a Canadian pharmacist to dispense medication to an American without a prescription from a Canadian physician. However, Prescription medication can often be purchased in Mexico without a physician’s prescription. United States residents living along the border may have access to dangerous medications by crossing the border and purchasing them in Mexican pharmacies according to studies.
4. Use Available resources to Get real Xanax or cheaper alternatives
- Always choose a VIPPS-certified online pharmacy: You can find a list of pharmacies certified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. No other certifying entity is as good as VIPPS. You can compare prices at different VIPPS-certified pharmacies.
- Consider generic alternatives: Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about a generic version of your Xanax.
- Look for patient assistance programs: Check with NeedyMeds and Medicine Assistance websites to see if you qualify for the many hundreds of programs that provide low-cost or even free pharmaceuticals to people unable to afford their medication.
5. Always look before you leap when it comes to Mexican Xanax
Most of the sites offering Mexican Xanax pills are not pharmacies at all. Many uncertified “online pharmacies” are large criminal organizations that make money by selling fake drugs with little or no active ingredients. They are widely advertised through email spam and have convincing sounding names like “Trusted Pharmacy Co, UK” and look authentic. They usually reside in countries with little ability to enforce fraud and counterfeiting laws. These organizations are not really pharmacies and they are not accredited by the National Board of Pharmacies or regulated by the FDA.