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Why do I need to take antibiotics for 4 weeks to treat a prostate infection?

Why do I need to take antibiotics for 4 weeks to treat a prostate infection?

Poor blood flow: The treatment of bacterial prostatitis can require 4 or more weeks of antibiotic use due to the fact that the prostate gland typically has a poor blood supply and we must rely on the blood flow to bring antibiotics to any area of the body. Thus it takes longer for the prostate gland to "build up" enough antibiotics to even start killing the bacteria. It is very important to finish all antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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What is done to treat a prostate infection?

What is done to treat a prostate infection?

Prostatitis: Antibiotic along w non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) are the most common medications used to treat prostate infection. Common antibiotics : cipro, bactrim. Common NSAID : Ibuprofen , naproxen. Usually an extended course of treatment > 2 weeks is needed because medications do not penetrate the prostate easily. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long for antibiotics to cure a prostate infection?

Why does it take so long for antibiotics to cure a prostate infection?

Takes some time: The prostate gland is hard to reach by antibiotics so it takes some time to treat these infections. ...Read more

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How long does a prostate infection take to go away, including symptoms?

How long does a prostate infection take to go away, including symptoms?

Prostate infections: Prostate infections come in 2 forms: acute (with high fever, shaking chills, generalized weakness and perineal pain) and chronic. The chronic form is the most common; it tends to recur once or twice a year. When you treat a flare-up, symptoms usually improve within 2-3 days, but are not completely gone for about 2 weeks. Many doctors treat with antibiotics for 4-6 weeks per flare. ...Read more

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Prostate infection, how long does it take to fix?

Prostate infection, how long does it take to fix?

Acute vs chronic: Acute- usually 10-14 days of antibiotics vs chronic - 6-12 weeks of therapy with ~50/50 chance of long-term "cure.". ...Read more

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How can I treat prostate infection?

How can I treat prostate infection?

Prostate infections: are hard to diagnose and hard to treat. Often they require a longer course of Quinolone antibiotics such as Cipro ...Read more

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Been on doxycline almost 30 days for prostate infection, I don't feel any better. How long does take for medicine to kick in?

Talk with doctor: You should have felt at least somewhat better in a week or two. Talk to your doctor about trying other antibiotic like Cipro or other treatment. ...Read more

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I was prescribed levofloxacin 500mg for prostate infection but do not want to take it due to the side effects can I substitute doxycyclinehyclate 100m?

Prostatitis: Both antibiotics can be used to treat prostatitis, however i would not recommend this substitution without discussing it with the prescribing physician first. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Kuan
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Prostatitis (Definition)

Prostatitis is the swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, which is a gland located beneath the bladder in men. Prostatitis usually results in painful and difficult urination, and there may be flu-like symptoms present. There are many causes of prostatitis, one of ...Read more