Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Prostatitis
What Are They?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for prostatitis (NSAIDs) are usually prescribed for pain and inflammation associated with prostatitis symptoms for both bacterial and nonbacterial cases of prostatitis. The most commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs are:
- Ibuprofen; and
- Celebrex (celecoxib).
Ibuprofen is available over the counter (common brand names are Advil and Motrin) and by prescription for higher strengths, but you need a prescription for Celebrex. Other common over-the-counter NSAIDS include:
- Aspirin; and
- Aleve (naproxen).
Another feature of anti-inflammatory drugs for prostatitis is that they work to reduce fever, which may help men with acute bacterial prostatitis.
Men who suffer from chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) are most likely to take these medications, but bacterial prostatitis sufferers may find them useful as well. Many chronic prostatitis causes are related to inflammation. Many conditions can cause inflammation in the prostate, leading to prostatitis. These include stress and emotional health, pelvic trauma, device insertion such as a catheter, and even food intolerance. If you can determine what is causing your prostatitis, you can take steps to eliminate the cause rather than relying on anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the symptoms.
The problem also with anti-inflammatory drugs for prostatitis is that even though they are effective short-term, you should not take them long-term. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, dizziness, headache, and drowsiness. More serious side effects may include kidney failure, which is associated with chronic use, liver failure, ulcers, and prolonged bleeding after surgery or injury. Because NSAIDs decrease the ability of blood to clot, you should be aware if you take drugs like Coumadin (warfarin) the anti-inflammatory drugs could put you at risk of serious bleeding. If you take anti-inflammatory drugs for prostatitis try to limit your alcohol intake because the combination can increase your risk for stomach ulcers.
The good news is that if you need long-term help for inflammation there are a number of natural prostatitis treatments that can help you decrease inflammation naturally and without the side effects of these drugs. You can also try controlling inflammation through diet and knowing what foods to avoid for prostatitis. There are several prostatitis supplements that help support prostate health and fight inflammation. Alternative prostatitis treatments like acupuncture, heat therapy, and sitz baths can potentially help relieve the pain of your prostatitis without the negative side effects of NSAIDs.
You and your Urologist or healthcare provider should work together to determine whether NSAIDs are right for you in the management of your prostatitis pain.