Genuine pills come in three basic shapes: rectangle, round, and oval. The rectangular pills, also known as bars, can be white, blue, green, or yellow. In general, if you encounter one of a different color, it’s likely to be a counterfeit pill. Round and oval Xanax pills can be found in several colors, including but not limited to white, peach, orange, purple, and blue. As a result, it may be more difficult to spot counterfeits in this shape.
Other common signs and characteristics to watch out for may include the following:
- A misspelled label – The brand name is prominently displayed on the front and center of genuine Xanax. Any difference in spelling or positioning indicates that the pills in question are counterfeit.
- Different colored coating – Xanax should have a single hue, even when split in half. If the exterior and interior of the pill are different colors, the pill is counterfeit.
- The difference in weight – Genuine Xanax bars weighs approximately 0.5 grams. Fake Xanax tablets tend to be heavier, but any weight change indicates that you have received counterfeit tablets. There should be no difference in weight between identical-dose tablets.
- Does not dissolve in water – Genuine Xanax should disintegrate in water after a few minutes. The medicine is not water soluble, but the tablet’s binding agents are. A real tablet will disintegrate into small pieces and float in the water. If your pills do not dissolve in water on their own, they are counterfeit.
Any Xanax purchased on the street is almost certainly a counterfeit version. These fake pills are risky since they contain unknown substances that could cause severe negative effects. Even if your fake Xanax does not contain fentanyl, it may contain other opioids, stimulants, or psychotropic chemicals. These pills increase the risk of adverse drug interactions, opioid overdose, and drug addiction if you do not know what you are taking.
If your healthcare provider recommends Xanax, fill your prescription only at a trusted pharmacy. If you buy Xanax online, follow the steps below to verify that you receive authentic Xanax. Numerous websites claiming to sell Xanax online are peddling potentially dangerous counterfeits.
- Verify that the website requires a prescription.
- Check for an American address and phone number.
- If you believe you have purchased counterfeit Xanax, contact the FDA MedWatch Program or call 1-800-438-1985.