What is Xanax?
Xanax prescriptions come in 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, one and two mg strengths. Two mg tablets are white, green, or yellow rectangles. The other strengths are oval. 0.25 mg tablets are white. 0.5 mg tablets are orange. One mg tablets are blue. These are all scheduled IV controlled substances.
Its pharmaceutical name is alprazolam. Typically, the dosage is based on the medical condition, age, and response to treatment. As it is in the family of benzodiazepines, Xanax works similarly in that it acts on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. Much like benzos (link to benzo page), Xanax also enhances the interaction of brain chemicals in the body, frequently referred to as GABA.
How Does Xanax Work?
Users taking Xanax will feel peak effects happen within an hour or two. Often, misuse and abuse of the prescription involves users taking tablets too much or resorting to snorting, injecting, or ingesting the powdered version as the effects are felt much sooner, as well as it’s more potent. Xanax stays in your system for twelve to fifteen hours.
During that time, Xanax users may feel calm, relaxed, quiet, or tired. Drugs like cocaine or heroin produce “high” or euphoric feelings. Xanax users describe their feeling as mellow, or carefree. Some Xanax users have reported blackouts, passing out, or falling asleep. Others have experienced memory losses of up to several hours.