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Is it considered better to have bacterial or nonbacterial prostatitis? If someone has nonbacterial prostatitis should antibiotics provide any relief or is that not possible? And when taking hyophen for pain relief should someone  be alarmed when their urine no longer turns green from it? Is that a bad sign?

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James:

There is no data on which is "better", but in my experience it is easier and quicker to cure a bacterial prostatitis than a non-bacterial.  Antibiotics often help even in the non-bacterial variety.  The reason for this is unclear.

Green color comes the urine color (yellow) combined with the blue from the medication which contains a dye.  If there is no color or tyhe urine is just yellow, then it suggests that the medication is not being filtered by the kidneys and this could represent a problem that your physician should check.  

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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