Alprazolam, sold under the brand name Xanax, among others, is a short-acting tranquilizer of the triazolobenzodiazepine class, which are benzodiazepines fused with a triazole ring. It is most commonly used in short-term management of anxiety disorders, specifically panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.
Alprazolam is a Schedule IV controlled substance and is a common drug of abuse.
An alarming trend that has been popping up across the US is counterfeit Xanax. The problem is widespread. The tablets are made with fentanyl and other NPS chemicals purchased online. Reports of Xanax counterfeits have been recorded recently (2021) in Texas, California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.