Treatment for Prostatitis

Medication to Treat Prostatitis

Acute bacterial prostatitis is treated with antibiotics such as flouroquinolones (e.g., Levaquin) and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (e.g., Bactrim, Cotrim) administered intravenously, followed by a course of oral antibiotics.

Side effects include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting

Analgesics and warm baths are recommended to alleviate symptoms of prostatodynia and nonbacterial prostatitis. Treating the underlying cause (e.g., stones) relieves prostatitis symptoms.

Prostatitis Prevention

Avoiding unprotected sex can help prevent acute bacterial prostatitis.

Publication Review By: David M. Kaufman, M.D., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 09 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015