What Is Mexican Xanax? Farmapram Dangers And Risks

Mexican pharmaceutical companies produce a knock-off version of Xanax called Farmapram. Unfortunately, many Farmapram bars and pills are counterfeit, and can be laced with substances like opioids or fentanyl.

Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on October 10, 2022

Mexican Xanax, under the brand name Farmapram, is a benzodiazepine medication that is made mainly of alprazolam, the main compound in U.S.-produced Xanax.

Legitimate Xanax prescription drugs can only be obtained from a licensed health care provider.

However, due to the influx of knock-off or counterfeit prescription medications from Mexico and other countries, Mexican Xanax can easily be obtained either online or by street dealers.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has noted that Farmapram may be produced with unapproved ingredients and chemicals since pharmaceutical laws vary from country to country.

Risks associated with using the drug include dangerous drug interactions due to unknown substances in the drug, risk of overdose due to potential opioid-lacing, and more.

Dangers And Risks Of Taking Farmapram

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the FDA have issued public and disclaimers against purchasing or ingesting any kind of foreign-produced or illicitly-sourced drug.

This is because the ingredients used to create these drugs, including Farmapram Xanax — also called Farmapram 2mg — go under the radar and cannot be tested or approved before production.

May Be Laced With Fentanyl

Mexican Xanax pills may be laced with fentanyl or opioids as a means of increasing the efficacy or potency of the drug.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid derivative that has the potential to produce acute addiction in some individuals and is a dangerous compound that can potentially lead to overdose.

Overdose Death

A study of overdose deaths in 2019 found that 16% of all recorded overdoses came as a result of mixing benzodiazepines and synthetic opioids, namely fentanyl.

Mixing these two substances can produce an intense and euphoric high, but they are highly addictive, dangerous, and can greatly increase your risk for a Xanax drug overdose.

Intense Withdrawal Symptoms

Benzodiazepine medications, namely alprazolam, are already potent on their own.

In fact, benzodiazepine medications are only prescribed for short periods of time due to their addictive nature.
When Xanax is combined with synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, the risk for addiction or physical dependence is exponentially increased.

As a result, the Xanax withdrawal symptoms you may experience as you try to cease or cut back on Mexican Xanax usage can be extreme, severe, and potentially life-threatening.

Common Side Effects Of Farmapram Abuse

Commonly reported side effects of Farmapram use range from dizziness and decreased cognitive function all the way to memory impairment and nausea.

Some of the more common side effects of Xanax use include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • depression and suicidal ideation
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty breathing
  • panic attacks
  • headaches
  • memory loss

Farmapram Vs. Regular Xanax

The main chemical compound of Farmapram and regular Xanax is the same: alprazolam. However, there are some notable differences between the two medications.

Price Point

One of the reasons why Farmapram is so dangerous is its availability from Mexican pharmacies which produce the drug and then are imported to the U.S by cartels or other persons.

You can also obtain the medication cheaply by accessing online pharmacies, many of which process transactions purely through Bitcoin, making it difficult to trace.

Additionally, even legitimate Farmapram prescriptions can be obtained without insurance coverage up to 80% cheaper on average.

A package of 2 mg Mexican Xanax pills may cost upwards of $6-8, with traditional Xanax costing roughly $33.


Farmapram labeling looks similar to that of Xanax labeling, with the same white boxes and solid-blue or purple striping on one side of the box.

The font and layout of the drugs themselves are almost identical, too, so it can be easy to confuse the two drugs.

Is Mexican Xanax The Same As Fake Xanax?

Mexican Xanax is not necessarily the same as fake Xanax, since both use the same compound and can be prescribed legitimately.

However, U.S. Customs and other federal agencies cannot easily verify the compounds used to create the drug, since pharma-production laws vary between Mexico and the U.S.

Additionally, many drug manufacturers and street dealers produce knock-off versions of Farmapram, which is, in itself, a Xanax knockoff.

This makes it difficult to spot a legitimate Mexican Xanax prescription from a fake one.

Treatment Programs For Xanax Addiction

Fortunately, there are a number of drug treatment programs available to treat Xanax addiction.

Some of the most common treatment methods and programs include:

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Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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