NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

Prostatitis antibiotic course length

Acute bacterial prostatitis is a serious infection with fever and intense local pain. NHSGGC primary care antibiotic guidance recommends oral therapy for four weeks with referral to urology. This may prevent development of chronic bacterial prostatitis where high doses of oral antibiotics may be required for four to six weeks after diagnosis.


For acute care, the Therapeutics Handbook has advice.


This is an area of long term antibiotic use covered by advice from the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group.