Monday, October 12, 2009

For an MD, ARNP or pharmacist, concerning Bactrim and epididymitis.(see details).?

I was told by a urologist that epididymitis can be difficult to treat and thus the patient should take an antibiotic for a month.Yet, online, I find Bactrim is recommended bid for only 10-14 days.Which is true? Or is 14 days acceptable, but a month the definite treatment?
Your urologist has probably treated this condition previously and knows the necessary dosing period.Most infections only require a couple weeks of treatment, hence 10-14 days. Unless prescribed by a physician you shouldn't take an antibiotic for extended periods.
Go with the doc. You don't wanna lose your genitals. If you're gonna treat an infection, don't kill most of it, kill all of it.
Go get a second opinion,not all physicians say the same. Go check out another doctor.
Good Luck!
It's a matter of the drug penetrating the tissue. Doses that would be needed for a short course of therapy would produce side effects in other body systems.
It is true that this medication is prescribed in most cases between 10 鈥?14 days; again, that is in the majority of the cases. However, the severity of each clinical case is one of the reasons why a medication intake period is extended. That鈥檚 the reason why some infections only require 3 days of antibiotics, but other more serious infections require 2 to 4 weeks of antibiotic therapy.

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