Actually I'm on xanax xr now (different from regular xanax) and I am doing wonderfully (touch wood).
It was horrible for some time when I was in the peak of all of that and I always fear a relapse but I think monitoring my symptoms and managing my medication is the key. I'm sorry for your best friend, unfortunately for most it can cause severe depression and sometimes agoraphobia (which I did have a slight case before). I'm so glad the meds are helping her too. :)
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, UC 2005, Sjogren's 2006
Meds: Sulfazine EC, Mesalamine, Chlorzoxazone, Oxaprozin, Symax SL, Protonix, Xanax XR, Supplements