Drug Infonet provides drug and disease information for your healthcare needs. Visit our FAQ page to find answers to common health questions. Look on the Manufacturer Info page to link to pharmaceutical company pages. Click to Health Info and Health News for the latest in healthcare developments.
Drug Infonet brings this free resource to you so that you become a more informed consumer of healthcare.
Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Epididimytis
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
Epididimytis [posted 1/13/99]
Question: I was first diagnosed by a urologist as having Epididimytis in June of
1998. He prescribed me six weeks of a sulfa drug (maybe bactrim?). After, the swelling had
decreased by about 90 percent. After getting off the medication, the symptoms returned, so
I took 2 weeks of a tetracycline (I was travelling and had to see a gp). It's been ten
days since I finished that medication, and it appears as though the symptoms have
returned, although it seems as though the pain and swelling are stabilized at a level more
bearable than the initial onset in June. More medication? I'm still travelling - a friend
who is a gp said that I should not bother with any more medication until I get a biopsy. I
also heard that the disease could be hiding in the prostate each time. Is there any way to
avoid this process for the next two years, as I've heard is not uncommon?
Answer: Long term antibiotics, prostate massage, regular prostate
discharge(ejaculation) are the time honored ways of treating this problem. Also, you might
use a drug like cipro, etc., which are effective against some of the atypical organisms
which can cause this problem. I would certainly get the organism cultured prior to a
Epididimytis [posted 8/4/98]
Question: I have had episodes of this on and off for several years. I previously
took doxycycline for 2-4 week periods. This was effective at first, but gradually seemed
less so. Symptoms would come back as soon as I quit taking medication. My current
physician has prescribed Cipro, 500 mg twice daily along with Naproxen, 500 mg twice
daily. Does this sound like a proper course of action?
Answer: Exactly what I would do.
Back to Drug InfoNet Home Page.
Back to Doctor FAQ main page.