Medically reviewed by Dr. Paul Song M.D
Article at a Glance
- Gabapentinoids can be prescribed for prostatitis to treat neuropathic pain and discomfort.
- There are several side effects associated with gabapentinoids, including cognitive decline.
- Many men find symptom relief through drug-free natural and alternative treatments.
Gabapentinoids may be prescribed for chronic prostatitis for myriad reasons, especially if other treatments have not brought relief.
Gabapentinoids for prostatitis include:
Neurontin is an antiepileptic and anticonvulsant medication that may help chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain (CP/CPPS) sufferers. It is prescribed for prostatitis to treat neuropathic pain, which is pain caused by damage or disease that affects the sensory system in the body. Other drugs that may be prescribed for neuropathic pain include tricyclic anti-depressives such as Elavil, Pamelor, Tofranil, and Luvox.
Lyrica is a drug used to treat epilepsy and nerve pain for conditions such as fibromyalgia and shingles and nerve damage from such conditions as diabetes or spinal cord injury. Lyrica is prescribed for prostatitis to help CP/CPPS patients with symptoms of pain and discomfort.
There are several side effects associated with gabapentinoids, including causing brain decline by blocking the formation of new brain synapses. They can cause dizziness, tiredness, and they can make it harder to concentrate, among many other potential side effects.
Many men choose to find relief from their prostatitis symptoms through natural and alternative therapies, which are usually tolerated better than drugs and have fewer side effects. Natural prostatitis treatments involve phytotherapy with supplements to help reduce inflammation. Probiotics are also useful for restoring intestinal health, especially if you have taken antibiotics, which are commonly prescribed for prostatitis patients. Another natural way to reduce inflammation in the body is to avoid foods that cause inflammation. Making dietary changes can help so you should look to see if any foods you are taking may be contributing to your pain and symptoms.
Because Chronic Prostatitis /CPPS can have many different causes, most men successfully find help by trying multiple treatment approaches for their prostatitis. Alternative prostatitis treatments are drug-free methods that can potentially help you find relief from prostatitis pain. Such treatments as acupuncture, biofeedback, prostate massage, high frequency stimulation, and trigger point release therapy are worth considering. Many prostatitis symptoms are caused by stress and chronic tension, so looking into stress management techniques, yoga, meditation, and tai chi can help certain men with their pain. There is no cure-all method that treats all patients, but most men can find the right combination of therapies that works for them and their prostatitis symptoms.