Because prescription drug abuse has become an increasing problem, not only in the United States but throughout the world, awareness and education about prescription drug abuse must also increase. For concerned friends and family members, it is important to be knowledgeable about prescription drugs, withdrawal symptoms, signs of addiction, and street names or slang which may indicate that a loved one is abusing drugs. Alprazolam (also known by the brand name Xanax) is prescribed to treat stress, anxiety, and panic disorders, but it is also the most commonly abused benzodiazepine.
The following are some street names for Xanax:
- Xannies (or Zannies)
- Xanbars, Handlebars, Bars, Z-bars, Totem Poles (referring to the bar shape of 2mg Xanax pills)
- Blue Footballs (referring to blue oval “football”-shaped Xanax pills of varying strengths)
- Upjohn (referring to the pharmaceutical company Upjohn, now known as Pfizer)
- Benzos (refers to the family of drugs that alprazolam belongs to—benzodiazepines)
The following are additional street names for alprazolam:
- School bus
- Bicycle parts
- Yellow boys
- White boys
- White girls
When used for recreational purposes, alprazolam has been shown to be more toxic in overdose and associated with more fatalities than any other benzodiazepine. Depending on the amount of the drug taken or if alprazolam was used in conjunction with other medications, overdose can range from mild to severe to fatal.
Even when alprazolam is taken as prescribed, there are risks—especially if it is taken with antidepressants, alcohol, or opiates. The elderly, who frequently have compromised immune systems and often take additional medication, have an increased likelihood for severe toxicity and possible fatality. About 50% of deaths involving alprazolam were attributed to the combined toxicity of alprazolam and another drug.
Alprazolam overdose may include one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue and somnolence
- Mental confusion
- Impaired motor function
- Impaired or absent reflexes
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired balance
- Respiratory depression
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