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xanax colorsAny person prescribed to take different doses of Xanax would have noticed that the pill colors vary. The reason for the different colors is to have unique identification codes for the dosage strengths available. The different colors of the anxiety medication make each dosage easily identifiable. Color coding the pills helps both the drug company and the users in many ways. Color is not the only way in which each dosage varies though. You would also find other unique identifications markers like pill shape and imprints. All these pill markers help in identifying if the medication is authentic or not. Learning more about the different colors available will be useful information in the long run.

What are the different colors of Xanax?

Xanax, which is the trade name for Alprazolam, is typically available in the form of compressed tablets. The different dosage strengths according to the colors are as follows:

  • White Xanax – This oval shaped pill contains 0.25mg Alprazolam and has a scored line on one side to make it easy to split if needed.
  • Orange Xanax – This is the 0.5mg dosage of the anxiety med and each tablet in this strength is oval shaped with a scored line on one side for easy splitting.
  • Blue Xanax – While slightly bigger than the orange pills, the blue oval shaped pills indicate that it contains 1mg of Alprazolam.
  • White Xanax bars – The rectangle shaped white pills are quite popular for their unique shape that has three scored lines on one side that make it easier to break each tablet into four pieces if required.

These are the colors and dosage strengths that you are most likely to come across when getting the brand medication.

Other Xanax colors

There is every possibility that you would find other colors of the anti-anxiety medication as well. You have most likely already come across other variants of the drug like yellow bars and green bars. These are simply generic variants of the drug that work just as well as the brand. Whenever you come across a color or differently shaped tablet that you’re not familiar with, simply do some research and see if the pill description matches identifiers available. Be sure to check the product label for Alprazolam as the active ingredient and also compare the pills with any reference images.

How to use Xanax responsibly?

The different Xanax colors are partly to help the user take the drug responsibly. Always take the anti-anxiety medication only if prescribed to do so. At the time of getting the prescription, you should always inform the doctor about other health conditions, drugs you may already be taking, whether you have a history of alcohol or drug addiction, or if you have suicidal thoughts. These factors enable getting the anxiety condition treated in a safe manner. It is the user’s responsibility to take the medication safely by following the dosing instructions, without ever modifying the dosage in the absence of the doctor’s knowledge. Take the suitable dose safely to enjoy the therapeutic benefits.