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Review: could Alli cause Urinary tract infection?

Summary: Urinary tract infection could be caused by Alli, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take No concurrent medication, and have Weight loss diet.

We study 15,862 people who have side effects while taking Alli from FDA and social media. Among them, 59 have Urinary tract infection. Find out below who they are, when they have Urinary tract infection and more.

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Alli (latest outcomes from 16,184 users) has active ingredients of orlistat. It is often used in obesity, lipids abnormal. Commonly reported side effects of Alli include gastrointestinal disorder, rectal discharge, weight increased, constipation, constipation aggravated.

Urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection (latest reports from 452,435 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, pain.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 15,832 people reported to have side effects when taking Alli. Among them, 59 people (0.37%) have Urinary Tract Infection. They amount to 0.01% of all the 446,455 people who have Urinary Tract Infection on eHealthMe.

Trend of Urinary tract infection in Alli reports

Time on Alli when people have Urinary tract infection * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Urinary tract infection80.00%6.67%0.00%0.00%13.33%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Urinary tract infection when taking Alli * :

Urinary tract infection100.00%0.00%

Age of people who have Urinary tract infection when taking Alli * :

Urinary tract infection0.00%0.00%13.16%15.79%7.89%10.53%31.58%21.05%

Severity of Urinary tract infection when taking Alli ** :


How people recovered from Urinary tract infection ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Weight loss diet (14 people, 23.73%)
  2. Sleep disorder (3 people, 5.08%)
  3. Vitamin supplementation (2 people, 3.39%)
  4. Weight decreased (2 people, 3.39%)
  5. Weight control (2 people, 3.39%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. No concurrent medication (5 people, 8.47%)
  2. Ascorbic acid (4 people, 6.78%)
  3. Vitamin d (4 people, 6.78%)
  4. Multi-vitamin (4 people, 6.78%)
  5. Vitamin e (4 people, 6.78%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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