Posted 15 February 2005 - 06:26 PM
Hi,I am a 24 yr old female IBS-D sufferer and have severe anxiety problems that are both the cause of and caused by my IBS. I take Zoloft for general anxiety, and it seems to help, without any sleeping side effects. It doesn't help with the physical problems, but the reduction in anxiety helps with those. I also take Xanax for times when the anxiety gets really bad. If you're like me, as soon as you start to get anxious about having D. you immediately get cramping and then more anxiety and on and on. That's when the Xanax comes in really handy. Times like if you're on a date (I use Xanax a lot in movies) and need a little extra security. The real plus side to Xanax is that there are rarely sexual side effects. I'm married and used to worry about the same thing, because what's the use of having reduced symptoms if you don't ever get in the mood? The Zoloft is great for an every day anxiety fixer and is totally non-addictive. Xanax is not great for every day because it is highly addictive, but does provide immediate relief from anxiety. My bottom line advice? Try the Xanax when you get panicky, and poss. have your doctor switch you to Zoloft (some, but minor, sexual effects, mainly tougher to reach orgasm) or try an upped dose of Buspar, and definitely see if he will prescribe just a little Xanax for emergencies.Hope that helps!