Zithromax (Azithromycin) and Chronic Prostatitis
Chronic prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that develops gradually, continues for a prolonged period, and typically has subtle symptoms.
Chronic prostatitis may be caused by atypical organisms such as chlamydia, mycoplasma (which may be transmitted by sexual contact) ureaplasma or may also be due to a chemical or immunologic reaction to an initial injury, The nerves and muscles in the pelvis may cause pain in the area, either as a response to the prostate infection or inflammation or as an isolated problem itself.
Low back pain
Perineal or pelvic floor pain
Pain and burning with urination
Pain with ejaculation
Pain with bowel movement
Recurrent low-grade fever
Pain on urination
Decreased urinary stream
Urinary hesitancy (delayed start of urination)
Blood in the urine
If chronic bacterial prostatitis is diagnosed, the patient will require antibiotics for a longer period of time, usually four to 12 weeks. About 75 percent of all cases of chronic bacterial prostatitis clear up with this treatment. Sometimes the symptoms recur and antibiotic therapy is again required. For cases that do not respond to this treatment, long-term, low dose antibiotic therapy may be recommended to relieve the symptoms. Other medications (such as those used for nonbacterial prostatitis) or other treatments (e.g., prostate massage therapy) may also be used in difficult cases. In some rare cases, surgery on either the urethra or prostate may be recommended. There must be a specific anatomic problem, such as scar tissue in the urethra, for any surgery aimed at improving prostatitis to be effective.
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is used for treating mild to moderate infections caused by certain bacteria. It may also be used alone or with other medicines to treat or prevent certain infections in persons with advanced HIV infection. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Zithromax (Azithromycin) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Take Zithromax (Azithromycin) by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
Do not take an antacid that has aluminum or magnesium in it within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take Zithromax (Azithromycin).
Zithromax (Azithromycin) works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
To clear up your infection completely, use Zithromax (Azithromycin) for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is a macrolide antibiotic. It slows the growth of, or sometimes kills, sensitive bacteria by reducing the production of important proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.
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