Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is considered a tranquilizer. This type of medication helps balance the chemicals in the brain for people suffering from anxiety and/or other medical illnesses. Mixing different medications may result in an overdose or addiction. People who regularly take Xanax should not drink alcohol. There are multiple types of Xanax we will highlight in this article.
Types of Xanax
There are seven different types of Xanax prescribed to patients and each have a different use. The different types of Xanax are color-coded depending on the type and use. These different types come in pill form and 1 liquid which include:
- White: The small white Xanax pills are sold in one pill that can be split into four different sections. The whole pill is 2 milligrams and is an extremely high dose. It is important not to take the entire dose of the white Xanax because it can cause overdose.
- Pink: Most people with anxiety disorders are prescribed the pink Xanax because it is the perfect dosage at .5 milligram. Unfortunately, this is the most common form of Xanax that gets passed around schools and among peers. Drug abusers are often found with this form of Xanax.
- Liquid: It is common that people with anxiety or suffer from panic attacks do not want to swallow a pill (fear of choking). The liquid form of Xanax comes in a bottle with each dosage of 2mg=1ml.
- Yellow: Some insurance companies charge their customers more for original brands vs. generic forms. The yellow Xanax pill is the generic form of this drug, but it offers the same results.
- Green: The green pills offer 2mg of Xanax. The green pills are not commonly sold to the public and are only made by specific companies.
- Blue: Some patients need a little help to get over their stress and anxiety and the blue pill offers 1 milligram dose to help relieve the anxiety.
- Peach: The smallest dose of Xanax is the peach or orange colored pill. This dosage is less than .5mg and only given to those who need something small to take the edge off.
Xanax is used to treat may different illnesses. Some of the most common uses for Xanax include:
- Different types of anxiety disorders
- Panic attacks
Like most medication, the use of any of the types of Xanax can cause side effects. Some of these side effects can be minor or serious, depending on the age of use, type of Xanax and body reaction. Here is a list of possible (but not all) side effects from using Xanax:
- Dry mouth
- Slurred speech
- Skin rash
- Suicidal thoughts
Warnings And Abuse
If you are pregnant, it is best to ask your doctor if taking Xanax is appropriate. Most doctors will recommend that the use of Xanax during pregnancy and/or lactation should be suspended. The reason being is that the use of Xanax can cause abnormalities in the fetus, especially during the last trimester of pregnancy. If a mother breastfeeds her newborn while on Xanax, the newborn become dependent on Xanax because it is laced into the breast milk.
Unfortunately, a person can become addicted to Xanax. The use of Xanax should not be taken unless authorized by your doctor. Overdosing on Xanax can be serious depending on the number of pills ingested. Some of the symptoms of a Xanax overdose include: fainting, coma, hypoventilation and muscle weakness. Xanax should not be taken for recreational use. If you suffer from a medical condition such as liver disease or asthma, consult with your doctor before taking Xanax or its generic form.
If you or someone you know has become addicted to Xanax, there is no shame in getting help. Do not quit Xanax cold turkey because it can cause serious side effects. Talk to a medical professional about getting help with drug addiction.