Frustrated patients visit one doctor after another in search of a remedy, but they usually leave disappointed.

Repeat courses of antibiotics probably aren’t helpful.

Even though they generally have few side effects, they aren’t without risk.

Unlike the acute form, chronic bacterial prostatitis is a subtle, low-grade infection that can begin insidiously and persist for weeks or even months.

Together, these conditions, which can be treated with antibiotics, account for about 5% to 10% of prostatitis cases.

They are both associated with an infection of the prostate.

Acute prostatitis begins abruptly with high fever, chills, joint and muscle aches, and profound fatigue.

Prostatitis gets little press, but it’s an all-too-common genitourinary condition in men.

It accounts for about 1.8 million visits to the doctor’s office in the United States each year.

Alpha blockers (see Table 2) are most commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure and BPH. That’s because the prostate and bladder are rich in alpha receptors.