Counterfeit alprazolam in NSW rarely contains alprazolam. These products contain other drugs (mostly unregistered benzodiazepines) in variable combinations and dosages.

Last updated: 01 August 2022
Xanax bottle, alprazolam tablets 2mg, Kama brand bottle, Alpazolam bottle 2mg, two round white tablets
Photos of some of the counterfeit alprazolam products seen in NSW

Know the risks

  • Taking non-prescribed 'alprazolam' can cause serious harm. The risk of harm is higher if you:
    • Take a counterfeit product
    • Take a higher dose
    • Mix different sedative drugs. Alcohol, benzos and opioids are very dangerous to combine.
    • Use drugs when you are alone
  • The tablets have variable appearance and can look like a variety of local or overseas alprazolam 2mg brands, such as Kalma, Xanax, Mylan, Sandoz. Products not purchased at pharmacies are high risk of being counterfeit.
  • Counterfeit alprazolam is often poorly manufactured, and the ingredients and amounts can vary substantially, even within the same batch.
  • Testing of counterfeit alprazolam has shown that most counterfeit tablets do not contain alprazolam, instead they contain unregistered, illicit benzodiazepines and other drugs (e.g. stimulants), which can be more harmful.
  • Counterfeit benzos have been associated with serious harm and death.

Effects to look out for

  • Difficulty speaking or walking, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, slow breathing/snoring and skin turning blue.
  • Be on the lookout for unexpected effects.

Getting help

If you see the warning signs of overdose:

  • Seek help immediately from your nearest emergency department or call Triple Zero (000).
  • Start CPR if someone is not breathing.

Support and advice

For free and confidential advice:

Current as at: Monday 1 August 2022