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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
26
Tried for
urinary tract infection (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Pyridium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
urinary tract infection (14) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
urinary tract infection (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Macrodantin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
urinary tract infection (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (5)
2 more

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 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps dehydration 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
urinary tract infection (26)
Treatment name(s)

(Pyridium)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
urinary tract infection (14) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cipro)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty staying asleep headaches 8 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
urinary tract infection (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
erosive gastritis upset stomach
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 3 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
anger feeling strange 4 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Levaquin)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (11 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea digestive problems 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
urinary tract infection (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Macrodantin)
Perceived effectiveness
for urinary tract infection (5 evaluations)
Side effects
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
urinary tract infection (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate) vivid dreams
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (5)
2 more
  • 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 8
20s 45
30s 121
40s 182
50s 194
60s 172
70+ 104

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 113
Female 713

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