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Acute and chronic prostatitis discussion. Arnon Krongrad, MD, moderator.
I have had chronic prostatitis for approx. 9 years, and have had very mixed results with the antibiotics you mentioned.
I was initially put on Ciproflaxin when the illness was in its acute stage, and I guess it alleviated the really nasty, nascent, symptoms to a certain degree, but did nothing to stop the condition becoming established. Both Cipro & levaquin are broad-spectrum quinolone antibiotics, and I believe fulfil a very similar role when being used to treat bacterial prostatitis. I really don't know whether you'd have any immediate relief from switching to Cipro, but it may be worth a try, as it did take the edge off my symptoms when my condition was in the acute stage.
I too started having a reaction to Levaquin and developed, after a month's high-dose usage, nausea, visual disturbances and terrible tendonitis. The latter got so bad that a tendon in my shoulder actually ruptured! So be careful about using any quinolone, as the side-effects can be extremely nasty.
Sorry if I come across as a bit pessimistic, but this illness can be a difficult thing to deal with ( as I'm sure you're well aware ), and there never seems to be a definitive answer that suits a common model for those who suffer. I know it may be a bit obvious but maybe bed rest, pain relief and Ibuprofen, for the next few days could the way forward, particularly if you're running a fever.
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