What Does Xanax (Alprazolam) Look Like?

Xanax primarily comes in tablets in all different shapes and colors. This can make it difficult to know what’s real.

What Does Xanax (Alprazolam) Look Like?

Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a benzodiazepine prescription drug. It’s used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and panic disorders.

Xanax primarily comes in tablets in all different shapes and colors. This can make it difficult to know what’s real.

As a central nervous system depressant, Xanax causes a euphoric feeling. Because of this feeling, the drug is often misused and taken in higher doses than recommended. This can lead to a Xanax addiction.

Shapes Of Xanax Pills

Xanax comes in a lot of different shapes. The shapes can indicate the dose, potency, or simply be the way a certain manufacturer makes them. The shapes include:


a pentagon shaped Xanax pill with an X and a 0.5 imprinted into it
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Some Xanax tablets come in a pentagon shape. Most Xanax pills in this shape are white, extended-release (Xanax XR), come in a 0.5 mg dosage, and have a XANAX 0.5 imprinted on the pill.


A square xanax pill with an X and a 1 imprinted in it
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The square Xanax pills are likely extended-release tablets, yellow in color, and 1 mg in dosage. They also have a 1 imprinted on the pill.


A round Xanax pill with an X and 2 imprinted into it
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The prescription medication can also come in a round shape. These are generally blue in color, the extended-release form of the mediation, and 2 mg in dosage. The pills also have a 2 imprinted on one side.


An oval Xanax with the word Xanax and a 0.25 imprinted in it
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There are quite a few forms of Xanax that are oval or elliptical in shape. The only difference between them is the color and dose.

The oval pills come in white, orange, and blue and in doses of 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mg, respectively. The oval form also has the dose imprinted on each pill.


a triangle shaped Xanax with a G and a 3 imprinted into it
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There’s also a triangle form of Xanax that’s green and comes in a 3 mg dose. Each pill has a 3 imprinted on it.

Xanax Bars

a Xanax bar with the word Xanax imprinted in it
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Xanax also comes in a rectangle or bar shape with a wide variety of colors including green, pink, peach, white, yellow, blue, and purple. They all have different dosages and different things imprinted on the pills.

The bars can be divided into halves or quarters depending on what you need.

Colors Of Xanax Pills

Xanax pills also come in lots of different colors. Like the shapes, the color can tell the dose, the potency, or which pharmaceutical company made the pill. The colors of the anxiety medication include:

Green Xanax

Green Xanax pills can come in round, triangular, rectangular, or oval shapes and can range from 1-3 mg. Three milligrams is the highest dose available.

The green bars are manufactured by Dava, Actavis, Mylan, and Pfizer.

Pink Xanax

Pink Xanax comes in both round and oval shapes and is only made in a 3 mg dose. This pill is only available through a prescription from a doctor.


The most common type of Xanax is the white rectangular bars. They come in doses of 0.25-2 mg.

Because of the high potency, it’s not recommended you quit them without seeking medical advice from a healthcare provider. Xanax withdrawal symptoms may occur.

Yellow Xanax

The yellow Xanax bars have the same effects and the same potency as the green and white pills. Each pill is 2 mg. The color difference is only due to a different manufacturer. The pill has R039 printed on the four-sectioned bar.


Peach Xanax bars, also known as orange Xanax, likely come in a low 0.5 mg dose. They come in a football or oval shape and are used for milder types of mental health conditions.


Purple Xanax is only manufactured by Pfizer and has A23 imprinted on each pill. The medication is likely only available in a 2 mg dose.

Blue Xanax

Blue Xanax comes in oval, circular, and rectangular bar shapes. The bar only comes in 1 mg and 2 mg dosages. The 2-mg bar has four sections and can easily be broken into pieces.

Fake Xanax

There are also fake Xanax pills that haven’t been approved by the FDA. They are sold by drug dealers as the real thing and look like white Xanax bars. But they rarely have actual alprazolam in them. They can contain synthetic opioids like fentanyl and end up being deadly.

There are also red devil Xanax bars. They’re a counterfeit drug that has been dyed red and has R666 printed on one side.

Side Effects Of Xanax Abuse

While Xanax can come in different strengths, colors, and shapes, they all have the same side effects when abused, including:

  • drowsiness/sleepiness
  • dizziness
  • memory loss
  • headache
  • depression

If you or a loved one struggle with Xanax abuse or another form of substance abuse, help is available.

Addiction treatment options include detox programs and inpatient and outpatient treatment. To learn about our outpatient services, please call our helpline today.

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