What are Xanax bars?
Xanax bars are tablets that contain 2mg of the drug, used to treat symptoms of anxiety disorder. You can break the pill down into either two 1mg tablets or four 0.5mg tablets. You can also get some bars that broke down to 0.25mg, the smallest prescribed dose for Xanax. They are called Xanax bars because of their shape.
Though Xanax bars and tablets seem the same, there is one significant difference between the two. The tablet’s strength is 0.25mg, while the bar is usually 2mg.
What are the uses of Xanax bars?
Xanax bars are prescribed to people who are suffering from anxiety disorder or panic attacks. They are very effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety, like increased heart rate, restlessness, agitation, lack of concentration, etc.
Xanax works to ease the brain by producing Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which binds to GABA receptors and slows down brain activity. You can see the effects of Xanax within a few hours from taking the bar, and they can last up to 11 hours.
An important thing to know about Xanax is that it does not treat the anxiety disorder. It suppresses the symptoms. A person taking Xanax to combat his /her anxiety must have to keep on taking the drug. The withdrawal of Xanax has severe effects like loss of appetite, headaches, paranoia, seizure, etc.
What precautions should we need to take while using Xanax bars?
Xanax is an effective medication when it comes to giving relief from the symptoms of anxiety, but you must take due precautions while using Xanax.
- You should not take Xanax in conjunction with alcohol or other recreational drugs. Consuming Xanax with alcohol is very dangerous and can result in severe side effects.
- Pregnant ladies and those who are planning to get pregnant should not take Xanax without consulting with their doctor.
- Breastfeeding ladies should also consult with their doctor before taking Xanax.
- Refrain from driving or working after taking Xanax for the first time and see how your body reacts to Xanax to avoid any accident.
- Do not alter the dosage without prior consultation with your doctor.
- If you stop taking Xanax abruptly without consulting with your physician, you will suffer from withdrawal symptoms.
- Your doctor should know if you are taking any other medication.
- People suffering from liver disease, alcoholism, impaired hepatic function, and impaired renal function should not take Xanax.
- Older adults and obese people should refrain from taking Xanax.
Dosing instructions for Xanax bars?
You must take Xanax in the dosage prescribed by your doctor for the best results. At the initial stage of treatment, patients should be given a dose of 0.25mg to 0.5mg three times a day. The maximum dose must not exceed 4mg per day. Some cases require more than 4mg dosage, but doctors should proceed with caution while dealing with such kinds of patients.
The dosage should be gradually increased with the treatment if the lower dosage turns out to be ineffective. Similarly, the dosage should be decreased with the progression of treatment as the symptoms began to subside over time.
You must take special care while administering the dosage to the elderly and people who are suffering from any medical condition. With these kinds of people, the dosage should be very low (0.25mg), and they should only be increased after observing their tolerance to the drug.
What are the different kinds of Xanax bars?
Xanax bars come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. The main distinction between different types of Xanax bars is the color and strength. The color and strength of the Xanax bars are determined by the manufacturer to make their product stand out in the market.
Green Xanax bars :
Actavis DAVA, Pfizer, etc. produce green Xanax bars. The bar is green in color, hence the name, and its strength is usually 2mg, but the triangular-shaped pills come in 3mg strength. The shape of the bar varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You can get a green Xanax bar in rectangular, round, triangular, and oval shapes.
Yellow Xanax bars :
Yellow Xanax is the generic form of the pill and has 039 imprinted on it. Yellow Xanax’s strength is usually 2mg. This pill is available in shapes like a 4-sided 1mg pill and oval.
White Xanax bars :
White Xanax bars have a strength of 2mg and sometimes referred to as sticks because of their shape. The pill is rectangular. The tablet might contain different marking as per the manufacturer. Some used to put G 372 2 on the pill while others use X ANA X 2. You can also find white Xanax tablets in other shapes like oval, triangular, etc. with different strengths.
Blue Xanax bars :
Blue Xanax bars comes in 1mg of strength and can break down into two 0.5mg pills for consumption. This pill is available in an oval or elliptical shape, and you can find 031 R imprinted on the tablet.
Purple Xanax bars :
Purple Xanax comes in elongated or round shape with the strength of 1mg. Pfizer produces this color and shape of Xanax, and it is also available in 0.25 or 0.5mg.
Peach/orange Xanax bars :
This pill has a strength of 0.5mg. Manufactured by Pfizer, peach Xanax bars come in elliptical or oval shapes, with 257 imprinted on them.
Pink Xanax bars :
The maximum strength of pink Xanax bars is 0.5mg, and they are mostly suitable for treating conditions like anxiety disorder or panic attacks. The pills come in oval shape like a football and are not available widely.
Liquid Xanax :
Apart from the bars and pills, Xanax is also available in liquid form. Usually, doctors prescribe liquid Xanax to give immediate relief to the patient as being in liquid form; it is absorbed by the body more quickly. 1 ml of liquid Xanax is equivalent to Xanax 2mg, and the general way of taking it is by mixing it into some beverages.
Are there any side effects associated with Xanax bars?
You should handle Xanax with caution as an overdose can cause severe problems. You should get in contact with your doctor if you feel any of the following symptoms after taking the drug.
- Hallucination, depressed mood
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Increased heartbeat, increased energy, racing thoughts
- Drowsiness, lack of balance
- Yellowing of eyes or skin, rash/itching
- Trouble breathing, seizures
- Mood changes, suicidal thoughts
- Allergic reaction, trouble walking
- Slurred speech, memory problems, etc.