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Types of Xanax, Their Colors & Their Dangers


Xanax is the brand name for the prescription drug Alprazolam, a drug in the benzodiazepines classification. It is intended to treat anxiety and certain panic disorders, though it is generally recommended for short-term use. Long-term use of Xanax can lead to health problems and addiction, particularly if you buy Xanax from unreliable sources. Fortunately, it is easy to know what you are getting if you go to a certified, reputable physician for a legitimate prescription of Xanax. The same cannot be said if you try to get Xanax through the black market or a similarly untrustworthy source.

Many people assume that the appearance of a Xanax pill is an indication of its legitimacy and safety for consumption. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Fake pills can mimic the same shapes, colors, and imprints of Xanax produced by legitimate manufacturers. However, getting any kind of “prescription” drug from a dealer can result in potentially life-threatening consequences.

So, in today’s guide, we are going to take a closer look at the different types of Xanax, with a specific emphasis on colors. We will also discuss the dangers of abusing Xanax, whether it has been acquired through legitimate sources or not. Finally, if you or someone you love is dealing with a Xanax addiction, we can provide you with help from the experts at Prosperity Haven.

Xanax Pills

Xanax most commonly comes in pill form. However, the pills can come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Some of the most common shapes include oval, round, pentagonal, oblong, and square. Additionally, you may come across rectangle bars and similarly long pills. As previously mentioned, any of these shapes could be real or fake, which is why it is so important to only acquire Xanax through legitimate prescriptions from a licensed physician.

The most common shapes of legitimate Xanax are rectangular, oval, and triangular pills. However, just because you get pills in these shapes does not mean that they are real or safe to take. Additionally, the most common color is white, with lines on one side so that the pill can be broken into segments if necessary. Real Xanax is usually imprinted with the name brand “Xanax,” though you can still get prescriptions for off-brand Xanax that are safe to consume.

Knowing more about each color and type of Xanax pill can help you differentiate safe pills from dangerous pills. With legitimate Xanax, the color is often associated with certain ranges of Alprazolam dosages. However, as previously mentioned, the only real way to know if you are taking legitimate Xanax is to get an actual prescription. If you buy Xanax from a friend, a dealer, or even through untrustworthy online resources, you can never know for sure what you are putting into your body. In any case, let’s take a closer look at some of the different colors of Xanax that you may come across:

White Xanax

Fake white Xanax pills can be some of the most dangerous because they look like legitimate Alprazolam. On the street, these pills might be referred to as Zannies (a common nickname for all types of Xanax) or White Boys. Either way, white Xanax usually comes in rectangular bars or oval pills. It may or may not have an imprint of the brand and dosage, depending on its shape.

Orange Xanax

Orange Xanax pills are usually round or oblong. They often have an imprint of a stylized “R” on one side and the dosage amount on the other. Regardless of the shape, these pills typically have a straight light indentation so that each pill can be broken in half. Street dealers will commonly refer to these pills as Footballs or Orange Footballs.

Peach Xanax

Like orange-colored Xanax, peach Xanax often comes in an oblong or oval shape. Some pills may have a “Y” imprinted along with the dosage, though this can vary by manufacturer. Street slang for these pills includes Peaches and Peach Footballs.

Blue Xanax

Blue Xanax pills can come in the shape of rectangular bars, as well as oval, oblong, or round pills. In some cases, blue Xanax pills have indentations to break them into smaller pieces, but some do not. Additionally, some have imprints of letters and numbers, but this does not apply to all blue Xanax pills. On the street, these pills can be called Bars, Totem Poles, or Blue Footballs (depending on their shape).

Purple Xanax

Purple Xanax almost always come in oval-shaped pills, though they are also available in purple capsules. In pill form, they often include the brand name, a middle indentation, and the dosage amount. Drug dealers may refer to these pills as Purple Footballs or Grape Candy.

Green Xanax

Green Xanax is often a generic form of the drug that comes in bar form. The bars almost always have 3 or 4 indentations to break them into smaller dosages, as well as letter or number imprints. On the street, these Xanax might be called Hulk, Monster, Green Monster, or Green Planks.

Yellow Xanax

Also known as “Yellow Bus Xanax,” yellow Xanax is another generic form of the drug that is frequently traded on the illegal drug market. Like green Xanax, these are always produced as bars that have multiple indentations. If bought on the street, you may hear these pills referred to as Yellow Boys, Yellow Bus, School Bus, or Yellow Ladders.

Pink Xanax

Pink Xanax pills are less common, but they can still be prescribed or found through illegal sources. These pills usually come in oval, round, or rectangular shapes. Some (though not all) include imprinted letters and numbers. Dealers may refer to these drugs as Pink Footballs.

Xanax XR

Xanax XR refers to “extended-release” pills that are absorbed at a slower rate than regular Xanax. They can come in many different colors, including green, yellow, white, blue, and peach. Xanax XR pills are usually shaped like a triangle, pentagon, circle, or square. One side typically has a stylized “X” or “R” imprinted on it, while the other side may have a number referring to the dosage. The street slang used for Xanax XR often depends on its shape and color, with dealers using a wide variety of names, from Bicycle Parts to Blue Boys.

Liquid Xanax

The liquid form of Xanax can be prescribed by doctors, but it is not available in the United States. It is more common to see bottles of the drug in some European countries. In any case, liquid Xanax uses the same underlying drug (Alprazolam) to reduce anxiety as regular Xanax. And, just like traditional Xanax pills, liquid Xanax can be abused and even “faked” by dealers. The illegal forms of the drug sold on the streets in the United States are often called Ettize, Liquid Bliss, and CD Cleaner.

Mexican Xanax - Farmapram

Mexican Xanax is simply a form of Xanax produced in Mexico. The underlying drug is called Farmapram. These white pills come in rectangular bars with no imprints. Xanax from Mexico may be sold less often on the streets in the U.S. due to the complications of importing the drug. However, if you are traveling abroad, you could get a legitimate prescription for Xanax in Mexico, in which case you would likely receive Farmapram. For a comprehensive review of Farmapram see our article “Farmapram – the dangers of Mexican Xanax“.

Fake Xanax

Fake Xanax can be extremely dangerous because you never really know what it contains. Many fakes may have absolutely no trace of Alprazolam. Instead, they may contain extremely unsafe and addictive drugs like fentanyl. Again, the best way to avoid getting fake Xanax is to acquire a prescription through a licensed physician.

If you do buy Xanax off the street, you cannot know if it is fake or not. Some fake pills are white, while others are blue; some have multiple imprints, while others have no imprint at all. Consequently, it is nearly impossible to safely buy Xanax on the black market.

Red Devil Xanax

One of the only indicators of fake Xanax is the color red. Frequently known as Red Devil Xanax, this drug is manufactured without clinical trials or approval from the FDA. It comes in a rectangular bar with “Xanax” imprinted on it, but it often contains much higher dosages of Alprazolam. If mixed with alcohol or other drugs, Red Devil Xanax can create a deadly cocktail.

How To Get Help For A Xanax Addiction

If you are attempting to buy sedatives or relaxants like Xanax without a prescription, there is a good chance that you have an addition to the drug. Even among people with legitimate prescriptions, Xanax abuse is very common. So, if you or someone you love is struggling to overcome an addiction to Xanax, do not hesitate to reach out to the experts at Prosperity Haven in Ohio.

Are you, your child, friend, coworker, parent, or spouse struggling with Xanax addiction? Are you looking for drug rehab options that target each patient’s specific needs? Finally, are you looking for a comprehensive drug detox center that provides a wide range of effective treatment options? If so, feel free to contact the experts at Prosperity Haven to learn more.


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