What Are White Xanax Bars?

Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug used mainly to treat anxiety disorders. White Xanax is one of the most common colors for the drug. Xanax can be addictive and lead to intense side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Addiction treatment can help with substance abuse.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


There are many pharmaceutical companies that produce different alprazolam (Xanax) pills of various sizes, doses, shapes, and colors.

White alprazolam pills are usually brand-name Xanax, produced by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

They tend to come in a long rectangular “bar” shape, with three grooves so they can be easily broken into up to four pieces for dosing.

People who abuse Xanax might try to buy the drug on the street.

It is possible that white Xanax bars bought on the street are actually fake Xanax pills that contain adulterants like the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Characteristics Of White Xanax Bars

White Xanax bars are a prescription drug made by the company Pfizer. They have some distinguishing characteristics that make them easily identifiable.

High Dose

White Xanax bars are popular among people who use them for drug abuse because they have higher doses of alprazolam than many other Xanax pills.

Typically, white Xanax bars contain 2 mg of alprazolam, which is quite a high dose. The bars are often prescribed as an anxiety medication and meant to be broken up into Xanax 0.25 or Xanax 0.5 mg doses.

Bar Or Oval Shape

Xanax “bars” get their name from their long rectangular shape. Another common shape for white Xanax pills is an oval shape similar to a football.

How Is White Xanax Different From Other Types Of Xanax?

White Xanax is the same as many other alprazolam pills. It is an FDA-approved drug used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks.

White Xanax is different in that it is often brand-name Xanax rather than generic alprazolam. All forms of alprazolam act as central nervous system depressants.

What Can Happen When You Abuse White Xanax?

Abusing any form of Xanax can have serious physical and mental health impacts. Prescription drug abuse occurs when someone takes the drug in any way other than as prescribed by healthcare providers.

Xanax can be very addictive when abused. People often take high doses of the drug to feel euphoric effects.

Dangers of abusing Xanax include:

  • increased drowsiness and sedation
  • memory problems
  • worsened depression and anxiety
  • suicidal thoughts
  • liver disease
  • physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms
  • decreased sex drive

Is White Xanax Stronger Than Green Xanax?

Green and white Xanax are commonly abused because these two colors of alprazolam pills tend to have the highest doses.

Both colors can range in dosage from 1-3 mg, so neither color is necessarily stronger than the other.

Green Xanax pills are often extended-release tablets, so their effects might last longer than white Xanax.

Treatment Options For Xanax Abuse

Xanax abuse is a very serious problem. Addiction to Xanax can develop quickly and lead to devastating consequences, including the risk of fatal overdose.

Treatment programs to address Xanax addiction are the most viable plan to care for drug abuse.

Xanax treatment programs usually start with inpatient detox, where people can go through withdrawal symptoms in a safe and comfortable medically monitored environment.

Once withdrawal symptoms have stabilized, a person can transfer out of detox into a treatment program that suits them.

Inpatient rehab programs for Xanax addiction usually include different treatments such as behavioral therapy, group counseling, and skills coaching.

Find Substance Use Disorder Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

Bedrock Recovery Center is a top-of-the-line inpatient detox and treatment center located in Canton, MA, just outside of Boston.

Bedrock offers treatment programs that are tailored to fit our clients’ unique needs. Our facility is state-of-the-art and our staff specializes in treating substance use disorders of all kinds.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, there is no time to waste. Call our helpline today to learn about our treatment programs and chat with an addiction specialist.

  1. National Library of Medicine (PubMed)
  2. National Library of Medicine (PubMed)
  3. United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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