What Are The Different Types Of Xanax? Xanax Colors Explained

There are many different types of Xanax and the best way to tell them apart is by their different colors. All types of Xanax have the potential to be abused and can lead to a dangerous and life-threatening addiction when not used as prescribed.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


Xanax is a type of benzodiazepine that is typically prescribed for anxiety disorders such as panic disorder and agoraphobia. Other benzodiazepines include diazepam (brand name: Valium) and lorazepam (brand name: Ativan).

Xanax is a schedule IV drug and is also considered a tranquilizer, because it can cause sleepiness to the point of sedation at higher doses.

Unlike typical antidepressants, Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that is usually prescribed for a short-term or as-needed basis during a period of high stress with or without panic attacks.

Side effects of Xanax include blurred vision, drowsiness, memory problems, physical dependence, and nausea with a potential long-term effect being liver disease.

Xanax comes in many shapes, colors, and dosage sizes. It can be extremely addictive, making Xanax abuse a strong concern.

Different Types Of Xanax By Color

The following Xanax colors comprise the different appearances of Xanax bars and pills.

White Xanax

There are two types of Xanax pills that are white. The first is an oval pill that contains 0.25 mg and has ‘XANAX 0.25’ imprinted on the side.

white Xanax bar contains 2 mg in one whole pill, but can easily be split into four different segments.

Each segment is meant to be a single 0.5 mg dose of Xanax. This type of Xanax has ‘XANAX’ clearly imprinted across the surface.

Both types of white Xanax pills are manufactured by Pfizer.

Yellow Xanax

yellow Xanax bar is similar to a white Xanax bar, except that it is the generic form of alprazolam. It also contains 2 mg. These pills have the nickname of “school bus Xanax”.

The yellow alprazolam bars are manufactured by Actavis Pharma and contain the imprint ‘R039’.

Green Xanax

green Xanax bar is similar to both the white and yellow bars in that each green bar contains 2 mg each.

The main difference is that a green alprazolam bar can be split into three segments, while the white and yellow both have four.

Green Xanax bars are made by Dava Pharmaceuticals and have ‘S903’ imprinted on the side.

Red Xanax

red Xanax bar is a counterfeit Xanax drug — meaning it is not manufactured by any pharmaceutical companies.

It is a pill that has been dyed red and contains the imprint ‘R666’ on the side. This pill is nicknamed “red devil Xanax”.

Red devil Xanax bars contain 5 mg of alprazolam, which would be a very dangerous dose to take in a single instance.

Pink Xanax

pink Xanax is either round or oval in shape and one of the most commonly prescribed types of Xanax pills.

This is because a single pill is 0.5 mg, which is a typical dose for a person with an anxiety or panic disorder.

This type of Xanax is the kind most commonly found being sold on the streets.

Blue Xanax

blue Xanax pill is oval in shape and contains 1 mg. The pill is usually intended to be easily split in half, as 0.5 mg is the typical Xanax dose.

This type of pill is also made by Pfizer and contains XANAX 1.0 imprinted on the side.

Purple Xanax

Purple Xanax comes in an oval shape, and each pill contains 1 mg.

The pill is indented on one side, so that it can easily be split in half, and ‘XANAX 1.0’ is imprinted on the other side. This type of pill is nicknamed a “purple football”.

This type of pill is also manufactured by Pfizer.

Orange Xanax

Orange Xanax is oval in shape and contains 0.5 mg. It is generally prescribed for less severe cases of anxiety disorder or panic disorder.

This pill has ‘XANAX 0.5’ imprinted on the side.

Peach Xanax

Peach Xanax is actually the same exact pill as orange Xanax. Sometimes these pills are referred to as orange while other times they are referred to as peach.

Other Types Of Xanax

In addition to the different colors of Xanax, the prescription drug comes in other forms as well.

Mexican Xanax

It is not uncommon for people to travel into Mexico with the intention of buying prescription drugs at a cheaper price.

Further, some drugs that are sold by prescription only in the U.S. are available over-the-counter in Mexico.

This practice can be dangerous because pharmaceutical drugs in Mexico are not regulated in the same way as in the U.S.

In addition, Mexican pharmacists are not subjected to the same medical training as pharmacists in the U.S.

If someone in the U.S. were to have a bad reaction or side effects with Mexican Xanax, they would be extremely limited in the legal recourse they would be able to take.

Xanax XR

Xanax XR is an extended-release tablet version of Xanax, meaning the drug is released slowly over time. This type of Xanax can be safer in some ways and tends to have fewer side effects.

Generic Xanax

Generic Xanax is manufactured by non-brand pharmaceutical companies in order to be cheaper for consumers while containing the exact same ingredients as the name brand product.

Liquid Xanax

Liquid Xanax is available by prescription for people who are unable to or would prefer not to swallow pills — 1 ml of liquid Xanax is equivalent to 2 mg and it comes in a clear bottle.

The Dangers Of Fake Xanax

One of the biggest dangers of counterfeit Xanax is that a person never quite knows what they are getting.

Oftentimes, fake Xanax pills are laced with dangerous household products such as rat poison or with an opioid such as fentanyl.

Some fake Xanax pills contain extremely high doses of the drug.

The best way to ensure a person is receiving legal Xanax is to obtain it through a prescription from their healthcare provider.

Treatment Options For A Xanax Addiction

An addiction to Xanax is dangerous and the withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening if a person attempts to detox on their own or quit cold turkey.

Detox from Xanax drug abuse is best done under the supervision of medical professionals.

A healthcare professional can help a person with tapering off their Xanax at a rate that is safe for them but which will also help them to experience minimal withdrawal symptoms.

During addiction treatment for Xanax abuse, it is imperative that a person’s mental health is also addressed.

Find Substance Use Disorder Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

If you or a loved one is facing a substance use disorder that is affecting all areas of your life, please consider giving us a call at Bedrock Recovery Center.

Our treatment specialists can answer any questions you have or offer medical advice in the area of substance abuse treatment.

  1. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus https://bedrockrecoverycenter.com/addiction/xanax/types/U.S.%20Food%20and%20Drug%20Administration%20(FDA)
  2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/021434s016lbl.pdf

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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