Yes, Xanax has helped me. Before I was diagnosed with UC - my doctor thought I had anxiety attacks causing diarrhea, etc. (did have one panic attack) and I tried three types of medication and ended up with Xanax helping most without side effects. Others, including Lexapro made me too loopy or sleeping - both at times. So, now, after diagnosed with UC I take it when going out, etc. - calms me and my gut, I believe.
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines, Canasa, etc. Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred.
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. for two more weeks and then down to 15 mg.etc. Added 6-MP Feb. 28.
Added Anusol suppositories - March 16 - see doc in 3 months.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.