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Ciprofloxacin for Prostatitis: How Effective Is It?

Prostatitis is an inflammation-related prostate disease as well as a common male urologic condition. As a common disease, there are many treatments for prostatitis, the most common being antibiotic treatment. 

How effective is ciprofloxacin as an antibiotic in treating prostatitis?


Ciprofloxacin is a synthetic third-generation quinolone antimicrobial which acts as a bactericide by inhibiting bacterial DNA synthesis. It has a broad-spectrum antibacterial effect, including various Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that can be effectively killed by it. Therefore, it is often used clinically to treat infections caused by these sensitive bacteria in various body parts, such as genitourinary system infections, including urethritis, prostatitis, cervicitis, and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. It also includes infections of the gastrointestinal tract, such as enteritis and dysentery. It can also be used to treat systemic infections, such as bone and joint infections, soft tissue skin infections, andbloodstream infections.

Therefore, ciprofloxacin can treat prostatitis. Ciprofloxacin has good bactericidal effect, and its antibacterial activity against almost all bacteria is 2-4 times stronger than that of enrofloxacin and norfloxacin, and it has antibacterial effect against Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Haemophilus influenzae, Gonococcus, Streptococcus, Legionella, and Staphylococcus aureus. Moreover, it has a high concentration in the genitourinary tract, so it is more effective in treating prostatitis, and the symptoms will be significantly relieved in general patients after 1-2 weeks of treatment.

However, ciprofloxacin does not treat all types of prostatitis. Prostatitis is generally categorized into acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, and asymptomatic prostatitis. In the case of bacterial prostatitis, ciprofloxacin can be used to treat the condition and has a good effect. The drug is available in oral and intravenous dosage forms. The oral dosage form can be chosen if the patient does not have a fever, and the intravenous dosage form can be chosen if accompanied by a fever.

If the chronic congestion of the prostate due to long-term unclean sex, masturbation, sedentary lifestyle, and other reasons causes non-bacterial prostatitis, this situation in the prostate fluid bacterial culture can not be found in the causative organisms, so it is not possible to use ciprofloxacin.

In addition, patients can not continue to use broad-spectrum antimicrobials, which may lead to fungal infections or resistance. Also, Ciprofloxacin has side effects on prostatitis. It is generally recommended to stop the medication after two weeks, and after 3-5 days of stopping the medication, review the prostate fluid to observe the condition of leukocytes and lecithin microsomes in the prostate fluid, and then formulate the next step of the treatment plan. In addition to ciprofloxacin, patients can choose other broad-spectrum antimicrobials, such as macrolides and cephalosporins. These three types of drugs can be used alternately or in combination, which can avoid the emergence of drug resistance.

For chronic prostatitis, there is a lot of experience in the treatment of traditional Chinese medicine, such as Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill. It adopts a variety of herbs that will not only produce no drug resistance and other side effects but also be able to comprehensively regulate the patient's genitourinary system to eliminate the inflammation of the root effect of the cure.

To summarize, ciprofloxacin is more effective in treating bacterial prostatitis, and patients can take this drug for antibacterial treatment under a doctor's advice. In the case of other types of prostatitis, such as chronic non-bacterial prostatitis, they can try traditional Chinese medicine. Regardless of the type of prostatitis in daily life, patients should choose the right medication according to their own situation under the guidance of the doctor and not blindly use the medication so as not to cause adverse effects on the body.

At the same time, the patient should also correct bad habits, quit smoking and drinking, not eat spicy and stimulating food, avoid holding urine, and have a sedentary lifestyle, etc., which will help the recovery of prostatitis.

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