Anxiolytic agents for prostatitis
How It Works
Anxiolytic medicines may reduce pain in
the same way they reduce anxiety.
Why It Is Used
These medicines are prescribed for
- Relieve the pain associated with chronic
prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, noninflammatory.
- Relax tense
pelvic floor muscles associated with chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome,
- Relieve anxiety associated with chronic pelvic
pain syndrome, noninflammatory.
How Well It Works
These medicines can help relieve
pain caused by chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome.1
These medicines can reduce or manage anxiety
caused by long-term symptoms of chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
These medicines can help relax tense pelvic muscles.
Possible side effects of anxiolytics
- Slurred speech.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a
warning on clonazepam (Klonopin) and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts.
The FDA does not recommend that people stop using this medicine. Instead,
people who take clonazepam should be watched closely for
warning signs of suicide. People who take clonazepam
and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is
not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
These medicines may be used in
combination with alpha-blockers, which relax the muscles in the prostate.
These medicines do not cure problems with anxiety that may have
contributed to prostatitis. Curing an underlying problem with anxiety may
require counseling with a psychiatrist or psychologist.
of medicines can be habit-forming. Long-term use of these medicines to treat a
chronic health problem is not usually recommended.
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Nickel JC, et al. (2007). Management of men diagnosed
with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome who have failed
traditional management. Reviews in Urology, 9(2):