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Mexican Xanax: Everything You Need to Know About Farmapram

What is Mexican Xanax? Basically, it's a nickname for Farmapram, the brand name for Xanax in Mexico. There are some unique risks to be aware of.

Mexican Xanax: Everything You Need to Know About Farmapram

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Written by

Brian MooreBrian Moore

Content Writer

Reviewed by

Jeremy ArztJeremy Arzt

Chief Clinical Officer

June 13, 2023

The Forge Recovery Center

Prescription drug abuse has become a fast-growing problem. The phrase “drug abuse” doesn’t mean illegal drugs; it’s about behaviors. All of these behaviors are textbook definitions of drug abuse:

  • Using prescription medications without a prescription

  • Stealing or using someone else's prescription

  • Using more than what is directed by medical professionals

  • Using prescription meds even after the course of medication has been completed

  • Obtaining medication from illegal sources

There is a general misconception among people that precipitation drugs are safer than other hard and crude forms of drugs. This is completely false. Abusing these drugs can lead to various long-term and short-term health complications.

An emerging drug of abuse is called “Mexican Xanax.” Farmapram is the brand name for Xanax in Mexico. Relatively easy to get, Mexican Xanax is often a popular drug of abuse for people who aren’t able to obtain Xanax stateside.

Stats about Prescription Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that 5.1%, or 14 million people in the United States of America, are reportedly misusing prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in some form or the other. In 2021, as many as 4.9 million people abused prescription tranquilizers. 3.9 million Americans, in particular, have reportedly misused benzodiazepines.

What is Mexican Xanax or Farmapram?

Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a very common prescription medication in the US. Part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, it’s used to treat anxiety disorders. Used as prescribed, Xanax helps people deal with panic attacks and other symptoms of anxiety.

Unfortunately, Xanax’s fast-acting nature makes it a popular drug to abuse. For some, the drug makes them feel relaxed and euphoric. However, Xanax is also strongly addictive, and when it’s mixed with other drugs it can easily cause a person to overdose on Xanax.

But what happens if a person can’t get Xanax?

Farmapram is the brand name for Xanax in Mexico. It’s available over the counter in Mexico, but only in certain amounts. Without a prescription, a person can obtain 50 Mexican Xanax pills or fewer. Also, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency requires a prescription if you bring back over 50 pills. For people who live near the border, Mexican Xanax is a popular alternative as it’s simply easier to obtain.

Mexican Xanax: How Strong is Farmapram?

Mexican Xanax comes in 1mg and 2mg forms. Chemically, it has the same effect as Xanax. The only real difference between Farmapram and Xanax is the brand names. Both are forms of alprazolam.

Is Mexican Xanax Dangerous?

Xanax is a dangerous drug when misused, no matter where it comes from. Mixing Xanax with other drugs or taking too much can be lethal. However, there are some unique dangers to Mexican Xanax worth mentioning.

These drugs made it to the national headlines a few months ago. The U.S. State Department warned the public about counterfeit pills sold in Mexico. These fake medications and pills are sometimes sold in regular pharmacies in Mexico. The major point of concern regarding these pills is that they contain or are laced with the dangerous and highly addictive drug fentanyl.

The State Department gave a travel alert about purchasing any Mexican medication with caution. These drugs can be sold in small pharmacies specially opened in travel destinations and border regions. They contain a deadly dose of fentanyl which can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death. 

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a highly potent drug. It is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl drug is dangerously addictive and can lead to dependency even after a single use. It is also important to note that fentanyl is cheaper and more addictive than its counterparts. This makes it a popular cutting agent for drug traffickers. 

Does Mexican Xanax Contain Fentanyl?

So, do all Xanax pills purchased in Mexico have fentanyl in them? No, not all Farmapram pills are laced with fentanyl. However, federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have stated that there are high chances for accidentally buying counterfeit Farmapram.

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Is it Dangerous to Purchase Mexican Xanax?

Purchasing Mexican Xanax is highly risky. A few studies have indicated that many drug stores in Mexico import chemicals for manufacturing the drug from China. They do not test these chemicals for detecting fentanyl traces. Other pharmacies are part of drug cartels that intentionally taint the medication with fentanyl.

Online stores and dealers have made this process even more intricate and discreet. The safest way to purchase authentic pills is by avoiding street dealers. The best way to steer clear of fake fentanyl-laced pills is by securing a legitimate prescription from a licensed physician. It is almost impossible to buy legit pills from the black market.

What Does Mexican Xanax Look Like?

Some people think it is easy to spot the difference between regular Xanax and the counterfeit version of it. Actually, there is not much difference in the appearance of the two drugs. Mexican Xanax is almost similar to Xanax, and one cannot identify them as fake just by looking at it.

Farmapram pills come in the form of white rectangular bars. These solid bars from Mexico do not have any imprints on them. They typically come in brown jars made from glass. Each of these jars contains 30 rectangular Mexican Xanax bars. Apart from this, Farmapram Xanax is also available in box form. Each of these boxes with blisters contains 30-90 Mexican Xanax pills.

What is Farmapram Used For? 

As mentioned before, since Farmapram is equivalent to the regular American Xanax, the usage is the same. Mexican Xanax has the active ingredient of benzodiazepine, which helps manage conditions such as panic disorders and anxiety disorders and is even used in treating chemotherapy-induced nausea.

There are some off-label conditions for which doctors may or may not prescribe Alprazolam. Such conditions are insomnia, depression, social phobia, and more. The term 'off label' implies those treatments that have not been FDA approved. Their usage for these off-label conditions is also not mentioned in the product labeling. Some doctors with much medical experience prescribe them to treat such issues.

However, it is dangerous simply because benzodiazepines are highly addictive. They should only be used for FDA-approved treatments. Benzos have many side effects, such as drowsiness, sedation, stopped breathing, coma, and even death. 

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Are There Any Risks of Using Mexican Xanax Bars?

The biggest risk of using Mexican Xanax bars is that it may contain fentanyl. Hundreds of unsuspecting people have lost their lives due to this contamination. The reason behind lacing medication pills is a) to amplify and increase the drug effects and b) to make people addicted to potent drugs and become trapped in the cycle of drug abuse.

Side Effects of Mexican Xanax Bars

Let's look at some side effects experienced after using Farmapram pills. These are:

  • Nausea

  • Sedation

  • Dizziness

  • Sweating

  • Stomach cramps

  • Drowsiness

  • Confusion

  • Vomiting

  • Lack of motor coordination

  • Inability to stay awake or maintain balance.

  • Respiratory depression and trouble breathing.

  • Overdose

  • Coma

  • Death

If you or someone you care about experiences any of the side effects mentioned above or has any uncomfortable symptoms after taking the drug, you must go to the nearest medical center. Overlooking or ignoring these side effects can lead to a worsening of the symptoms.

So, getting medical treatment before your condition deteriorates into something that can't be reversed is best. 

Where To Find Farmapram Pills?

Farmapram is a Mexican brand, so it is primarily available in Mexico. Multiple companies in the country are responsible for producing Mexican Xanax bars, but the most popular brand is Farmapram. Some might think that if Xanax is similar to Mexican Xanax, why would any American purchase it?

The reason behind this is money. Prescription drugs can be extremely expensive in the United States of America. Many people purchase such medication from neighboring countries like Mexico and Canada.

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Treatment For Using Farmapram Xanax Bars

The frequent use of Farmapram or Mexican Xanax bars can lead to benzodiazepine addiction. This, like any form of drug dependence, is a huge risk to an individual's mental and physical health. It is very dangerous to ignore or overlook it

Many people with substance use disorder (SUD) think they’re in control. They are unaware that the situation can quickly spiral out of control leading to fatal consequences. Other folks live in denial by disregarding the complete existence of this serious medical disorder.

Both of these attitudes can lead to the development of long-term health complications that may have an irreversible nature. That is why seeking help from medical health professionals should be the top priority of anyone dealing with drug addiction. A drug treatment facility like an addiction center is created for such patients only. They design individualized programs for people to break free from the clutches of addiction.

The recovery programs have a comprehensive nature which helps in systematically breaking the pattern of abuse. 

Mexican Xanax: Drug Detox

The first step in most rehab centers is drug detox treatment. This is a medical procedure in which doctors and physicians remove benzodiazepines from the body in a safe and controlled fashion. These patients are most likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms are the side effects one goes through after stopping drug use. Detoxing from Mexican Xanax, like every other form of benzodiazepine, can be very difficult. Never attempt to detox from Xanax on your own. The withdrawal effects can be extremely complex and can include seizures in certain cases.

However, medical drug detox helps manage and reduce the intensity of these side effects, making drug detox easier and more comfortable.

How To Treat Mexican Xanax Addiction

After drug detox, the main recovery programs start. These programs can take place in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Behavioral counseling plays a very important role in evaluating and addressing the patient's mental health. One of the hardest challenges to pass during recovery is the shame and embarrassment of admitting addiction. These therapies will help in making patients come in turn with such issues.

Lastly, the aftercare programs are scheduled for patients who want to solidify and strengthen their sobriety course. 

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Mexican Xanax Addiction is Treatable at The Forge Recovery Center

Mexican Xanax bars can be uniquely dangerous due to fentanyl. Even if they contain nothing but lab-made Farmapram, Xanax can be a very difficult drug to get treated for. Xanax addiction requires close management to treat, especially during drug detox.

The Forge Recovery Center uses evidence-based, proven techniques to effectively treat Xanax addiction. Our team will be at your side throughout the entire process, addressing addiction to Xanax at its roots. At The Forge Recovery Center, you’ll be able to develop the resources and tools you need for a happier life without Mexican Xanax or other forms of benzo addiction.

If you’d like to learn more about Mexican Xanax, benzodiazepine addiction, and how you can break your addiction to Xanax, reach out to The Forge Recovery Center today.

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