Differences between Xanax and Xanax XR 1

Differences between Xanax and Xanax XR

Xanax xr contains alprazolam, a generic medication belonging to the benzodiazepine medication class is a short-acting tranquilizer used to treat panic attacks and anxiety attacks.

It is available in different forms and potencies that one should take according to their individual need.

Xanax and Xanax XR

Xanax is a regular alprazolam tablet used as an effective medication for treating several behavior disorders such as anxiety disorder and panic attacks, and Xanax XR is a similar medicine, but in Extended-release form.

Both are fast-acting tranquilizers of the Benzodiazepine medication class that works through the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system (CNS) to produce calming sensations in the brain and treat panic and anxiety more effectively.

Xanax and Xanax XRboth can adversely affect your health if you have or ever had the following health disorders or history thereof:

  • Narrow-angled glaucoma
  • Asthma or other breathing disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis, etc.
  • Liver infections
  • Kidney disorders
  • Mood swings and behavioral disorders
  • Fungal infections

These medicines can be fatal for your and your child’s health if you take them during pregnancy or lactation. They can pass into your child’s body through breastmilk or umbilical cord and affect your child’s life. Both the medicine can make your child drug-addict or drug-tolerant.

One can easily purchase Xanax and use them as advised by the doctor, but you should avoid using Xanax and Xanax XR if you are allergic to the medicine, alprazolam, or other similar drugs. You should also avoid using other prescription and over-the-counter medications while taking Xanax and Xanax XR.

Types of Xanax and its uses

Xanax is an effective medicine for anxiety and panic disorders available in different forms and potencies and should be taken as per their individual needs.

The following are some common forms and power in which Xanax is available:


Types of Xanax


Xanax is also available in different shapes and colors as per its potency. Some standard colors and shapes in which Alprazolam  is available are as follows:

  • Red Xanax: It is an extended rectangular tablet dyed in red color and has the potency of 5 mg used to treat anxiety and panic disorder when other treatments become ineffective. In the local market, it is also named a red devil. It has an alphanumeric code (R666) imprinted on it.
  • Yellow Xanax: Yellow-colored rectangular bars, also known as school bus bars. These yellow-colored bars are divided into four parts using lines and potency of 2 mg. It has an alphanumeric code (R039) imprinted on it.
  • Green Xanax: Green Alprazolam bars have a potency of 2 mg. It is divided into three sections. The genuineness of the medicine can be checked by checking whether S903 is imprinted on it or not.
  • White Xanax: It is rectangular-shaped white-colored bars on which XANAX is imprinted on the medicine.

Supply of Xanax

Xanax is FDA-approved; therefore, it is supplied under the strict supervision of health authorities. It will be difficult for you to  buy Xanax without an appropriate prescription. However, one can buy Alprazolam without proper medication if you buy it from a legitimate site, but you have to register yourself on that site.

Being a dangerous medicine, Alprazolam should not be misused or abused. Therefore, we advise you to either dispose of all the leftover medicine under a pharmacist’s supervision or return all the excess mixture via a drug take-back program.

Difference between Xanax and Xanax XR

Xanax and Xanax XR are almost the same medication used for treating anxiety and panic attacks. Still, they only had in between Xanax is oral disintegrating tablets, and Xanax XR is an extended-release version of a usual Alprazolam.

The working mechanism of Xanax and Xanax XR is the same, but the time taken by both the medicine for its onset. In general, a regular Xanax takes two to three hours for its beginning, and it lasts up to seven to eight hours, while Xanax XR takes four to five hours for its onset and lasts up to 10 to 12 hours in the body.

Which is better, Xanax or Xanax XR?

Comparing Xanax and Xanax XR is difficult, as both medicines work their best to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Both the medicine work through the GABA receptors in the brain and nervous system to produce calming sensations and treat the condition more effectively.

Both have the same long list of black-box warnings that one needs to take care of all the necessary instructions and directions while using these medicines. Xanax and Xanax XR have similar side effects.

So, deciding which one is better is a tough job, but if you ask us, we will say Alprazolam is better than Xanax XR because the onset time for Xaxan is comparatively shorter than Xanax XR.

Side effects of Xanax and Xanax XR

Xanax and Xanax XR can effectively treat anxiety and panic disorders but can cause some mild to severe side effects. You may experience mild drowsiness and lightheadedness after using Alprazolam in any form. using xanax and also cause some severe side effects, including:

  • breathing issues
  • seizures
  • hallucination
  • restlessness and sleeplessness
  • mood swings or behavioral disorders
  • agitation
  • diplopia
  • jaundice

It would help if you never took Xanax’s side effects for granted; therefore, we advise you to stop using Xanax and seek emergency medical assistance immediately. Please note that the mild Alprazolam side effects don’t need any medical help, but you should ask your doctor at least once if they bother you too much.

Pharmacists advise

A pharmacist always advises you to take xanax(no matter in which form you are using it) as advised by your doctor. You are also advised to follow all the necessary instructions and directions on the medicine or prescription label.

You should never take Alprazolam more often than prescribed, and don’t stop using this medication suddenly. Your pharmacist will also advise you to avoid using alcohol and grapefruit or juice simultaneously with alcohol.

Your thinking and reaction can be impaired if you use xanax; therefore, it is advisable to avoid performing activities requiring you to be alert and attentive.

Please keep your medicine safe with yourself and never share it with anyone without medical advice. You should keep your medicine in the prescribed atmospheric condition, away from heat and light.

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