About Prostate Infection
Prostate infection or prostatitis is characterized by the inflammation of the prostate gland. The gland itself is located below the bladder and its functions are to secrete prostatic fluid and aid ejaculation. This fluid protects the sperm and prolongs its lifespan.
Patients suffering from prostate infection are mostly men between 30 and 50 years of age. Inflammation of the prostate gland causes the pain during urination and ejaculation and doctors recommend antibiotics to relieve the symptoms and cure infection. The treatment usually lasts for several weeks up to a month and the medications should be taken once or twice a day, according to the doctor’s prescription.
Patients might feel better after some time, but it is extremely important not to stop with taking medications at your will but to continue with the treatment for the whole course of prescribed drugs. If you stop with the antibiotics, your situation may worsen, so be careful. In certain cases, patients may not see the improvement of their condition. If that happens, your doctor may prolong the duration of the treatment or prescribe stronger medications.
Antibiotics for Prostatitis
When you visit your doctor complaining about the pain during urination and ejaculation, the doctor will usually diagnose the condition and then prescribe medications to treat the problem. Prostate infection requires treatment with antibiotics and doctors usually prescribe: ampilicin, Bactrim Septra, cephalexin or Ciprofloxacin for this problem.
Ampicilin belongs to the group of penicillin antibiotics. Although it has been used for decades, ampicilin is still very helpful with many bacterial infections. Prostate infections caused by bacteria respond well to the treatment with ampicilin and bacteria haven’t been found to be resistant to this drug so far. Prescribed and taken in recommended dose, ampicilin can cure bacterial prostatitis.
Bactrim septra contains two antibiotic drugs: trimethoprim and sulfametoxazole. Combination of these drugs has proved to successfully treat various infections, including prostate infection, but it is not recommended for people allergic to sulfa drugs.
Cephalexin is good for prostate infections, especially for prostate infections caused by the bacteria known as Escherichia coli (or E.coli).
Ciprofloxacin or Cipro is also very useful for prostate infection. This is a fluoroquinolone drug and it can prevent worsening of the symptoms.
These antibiotic drugs are very efficient for prostatitis, but patients should be warned that these drugs come with certain side effects in some cases. The most common problems are nausea, headaches, skin rash and diarrhea and these effects should be reported to your doctor.
What you should know is that antibiotics don’t work against chronic infection of the prostate gland and if you are suffering from this condition, your doctor will probably prescribe some other medications.