I tried all the rectal meds and the best one I used was Proctofoam but they all aggravated the bleeding and swelling after a few days. All you can do is try!
As for Xanax - my lifesaver also. I take no more than 3 total .25 every day mostly in 1/2 pill doses. If taken 1/2 hour or hour before driving or before sleeping - they relax me to make it without the anxiety I used to have. There are other "helpers" out there - sometimes we have to try several to find the ones that work for us. I also take Imodium when traveling, etc. Pepto Bismall for nausea when bad and my doctor ok'd them all for me.
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.