Xanax is a brand name for the drug alprazolam, which belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders as they act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body known as gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or γ-aminobutyric acid, or GABA
Alprazolam is among the most prescribed benzodiazepine drugs in the U.S. and is among the benzodiazepines most often found in the illegal market, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The popularity of Xanax reached its peak when it was constantly referenced by hip-hop rappers in hundreds of songs. Celebrity rappers like Eminem, Danny Brown and Li’l Wayne somehow made it sound cool to “pop a Xan” and that “takin Xannies” is a common thing to escape from reality.
Fake Xanax often laced with an ingredient called Fentanyl. Fentanyl is an opioid which is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine and according to the Food and Drug Administration, even the smallest dose is enough to cause deadly side effects – especially in those taking it for the first time. This explains why people taking fake Xanax quickly and easily manifest symptoms of overdose despite taking a supposedly safe dose. The existence of fake Xanax first came to the attention of doctors in late 2015 when users came to the emergency room (ER) with traces of fentanyl in their blood. The doctors suspected that the Xanax pills they took were counterfeit and this was later confirmed when the Xanax pills were tested. From fake green xanax bars to R039 yellow pill fake the list of available counterfeit prescription medicines are endless.
According to experts, a dose of fentanyl equal to the size of three grains of sand can kill. It’s also cheap and easy to obtain, which is music to dealers’ and street manufacturers’ who together control a global black market for counterfeit goods, worth about $500 billion US dollars.
Signs and Side Effects of taking a fake counterfeit Xanax bar include:
Respiratory Depression: One of the major side effects of fake Xanax is respiratory depression (hypoventilation) a breathing disorder characterized by slow and ineffective breathing. This can lead to poor use of oxygen by lungs and a higher level of carbon dioxide in the body. One of the key reasons you can overdose and die from opiates is because of respiratory depression. Of all the very serious potential consequences of using opioids, respiratory depression is one of the most troublesome.
Respiratory arrest: This is a condition that exists at any point a person stops breathing or is ineffectively breathing. It often occurs at the same time as cardiac arrest, but not always. fake Xanax bars can lead to respiratory distress which often lead to respiratory arrest
Coma: This is another side effect of fake xanax with far reaching consequences , A coma is a deep state of prolonged unconsciousness in which a person cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal wake-sleep cycle; and does not initiate voluntary actions. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, drug overdoses often cause a person’s brain to swell, which can be extremely dangerous to the organ itself. Blood flow to the brain can be constricted, and in some cases, brain tissue itself can be harmed.
Unconsciousness: taking fake Xanax can lead to a state of unconsciousness a state which occurs when the ability to maintain an awareness of self and environment is lost. It involves a complete or near-complete lack of responsiveness to people and other environmental stimuli.
Convulsions: fake xanax can also result in a condition where body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking of the body. Opiod induced convulsion are generally quite noticeable. They generally involve the whole body, but some involve only one area of the body, such as an arm or a leg. Convulsions may be brief in duration, lasting for only seconds, or they may continue for a long period of time, and may continue until medication is given.
Nausea Vomiting: vomiting due to fake Xanax involve the forceful expulsion of contents of the stomach and often, the proximal small intestine. A study by the College of Pharmacy of the South Dakota State University reported that opioid-induced nausea and emesis is linked with functional limitation.
Lips, fingers, or face turning blue: respiratory depression due to fake Xanax results in low levels of oxygen in the blood stream causing the Lips, fingers, or face to turn blue a condition known as cyanosis. Drug induced cyanosis that does not go away might get worse during exercise or activity. SEE R039 Bar