Urinary tract infection

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What is urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection located in any part of the urinary system. This included the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Although most UTIs are caused by bacteria they can also be caused by mycobacterium, fungi, viruses and parasites. Treatment is determined by the cause.

Common symptoms reported by people with urinary tract infection

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with urinary tract infection

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Bactrim)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
urinary tract infection (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
urinary tract infection (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (11) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cipro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
urinary tract infection (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pyridium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
urinary tract infection (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (7) Insomnia (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
urinary tract infection (10)

Data from patients with urinary tract infection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with urinary tract infection

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Bactrim)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal cramps Dehydration 5 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
urinary tract infection (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Digestive problems 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
urinary tract infection (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Chronic constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Anxious mood (12) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance problems Brain fog 19 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (11) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cipro)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Vomiting
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
urinary tract infection (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Nightmares Anger 9 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Pyridium)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Urine orange color
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
urinary tract infection (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Mood changes 4 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Pain (7) Insomnia (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dehydration 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
urinary tract infection (10)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with urinary tract infection, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has urinary tract infection on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 42
30s 104
40s 152
50s 151
60s 135
70+ 68
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 64
20-29 years 32
30-39 years 36
40-49 years 41
50-59 years 26
60-69 years 11
70+ years 7

Sex

Distribution of sex

87% Female
13% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 271
Not Diagnosed 19

These charts show data from UTI patients who have completed their condition history
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