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Prostatitis - Treatment Overview

Treatment for prostatitis usually begins with taking an antibiotic for several weeks. If you begin to feel better, you may have to take the medicine for 2 to 3 months. If you do not get better while taking antibiotics, more tests may be done.

Chronic prostatitis

You may need to try more than one treatment. There isn't a standard treatment that works well for all men.

Acute prostatitis

Treatment for acute prostatitis is aimed at curing the infection and preventing complications. Acute bacterial prostatitis is treated with antibiotics, pain and fever medicine, stool softeners, fluids, and rest.

  • If you are unable to urinate or need intravenous antibiotics, you may be admitted to a hospital for a short time for treatment.
  • Most men get better quickly. Treatment (usually at home) lasts for 4 to 6 weeks.

Chronic bacterial prostatitis

Treatment for chronic bacterial prostatitis is aimed at curing the infection and preventing complications. Antibiotics are given for 6 to 12 weeks. Long-term antibiotic treatment may be needed if the infection returns.

  • Infected prostate stones (prostatic calculi) can make the infection more difficult to cure. They may need to be surgically removed.
  • Surgery may be needed if urinary tract problems, such as narrowing of the bladder neck or urethra, are causing the prostatitis.
  • Surgical removal of the prostate (prostatectomy) for repeated infections is rarely used and is used only as a last resort.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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