Hi...hairloss can be caused by so many things. Just having UC, stress, autoimmune disease, hormone imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, adding meds..etc can exacerbate an already existing problem.
Are your periods up and down? Are you on birth control?
5ASA can stop working it seems from others' postings and symptoms. It could be that too high a dosage or not high enough might be a problem...don't know. Some formulations of 5ASA seem to do better for patients than others.
Artificial sweeteners come in a variety of products...one clincher would be the terms "lite","0 calories", "sugar reduced", "sugar-free", "calorie reduced"...etc.
For sure avoid aspartame, sucralose, and another one that looks like the word aspartame. There are also the sugar alcohols that have been discussed recently that end in "tol"...but I would accept sorbitol or xylitol in small amounts (like gum or cough syrup) over mannitol and others that I don't know off hand in food products. I'm a sugar consumer basically than artificial sweetener consumer. I never purchse low calorie or 0 calorie or any products without reading the labels..actually, I read the labels on everything. Everything.
V8 juice contains sugar and lots of salt if I remember correctly. There are other brands that have less ingredients that actually taste better. Learn to read the labels.
Any products for diabetics...stay away from.
Probably, it would be best to bake your own treats.
Remember, however, to consume good balance of food.
What fish oil are you taking and how much? Yeah, I'm sure I asked you that in the past.
Do call the doc soon for an appointment so that you're not stranded/left hanging during the holiday season.
The metamucil orange smooth (not the sugar-free) will help bulk up the stool. I take it after supper because I don't take any meds/vitamins at that time.
hope this helps...
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!