I am a 60+ female, suffering from IBS all my life. It was called "nervous stomach", "spastic colon"... but whatever its called, it hasn't been fun. I have had a wonderful married life with children and grandchildren; but no one really knows why I had this excuse not to do something, or that excuse not to go somewhere. Now that I am retired, and with time to do things, enough is enough. I am currently on Bentyl which I take daily and is wonderful for everyday experiences. When I want to go someplace special, or especially take a long car ride, I have to "fortify" myself before I even wake up in the morning, taking 1/2 Lomotil, then later, .25mg diazepam. If that doesn't work, then I'll take another .25mg diazepam just to get myself relaxed. That will help. Last summer my primary care physician gave me a prescription for Oxazepam. I have been leery of taking it and have looked up information on the web, but it looks very addictive and I have not taken it.But now I am reading about all these other anti-anxiety drugs and I think perhaps something like Xanax might be better than the diazepam or this Oxazepam. I would only take this as needed; however, I would hope that it would "kick" in as quickly as the diazepam, but not sure if that is the case with Xanax. Can anyone give me ideas of what they have been on for 'nervous stomachs'... I so want to get on a plane and not have to feel myself shaking all over...or get in a car and drive for 5 hours without worrying that my stomach will "kick" in instead of my medicine. Thanks... and sorry this is so long... but it has been a long time for me and life is too, too short.