Treatments for Chlamydia


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Treatment list for Chlamydia: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Chlamydia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Treatments of Chlamydia discussion: Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or a week of doxycycline (twice daily) are the most commonly used treatments. All sex partners must also be treated. 1

If you are told you have chlamydia or any other STD and receive drug treatment, you should notify all of your recent sex partners so that they can see a health care provider and be treated. A sex partner needs treatment even if (s)he has no symptoms. This will reduce the risk that your partners will develop serious complications from chlamydia and reduce your risk of becoming re-infected. Do not have sex until both you and your sex partner complete your chlamydia drug treatment. 1

If you are infected with C. trachomatis, your doctor or other health care worker will probably give you a prescription for an antibiotic such as azithromycin (taken for one day only) or doxycycline (taken for seven days) to treat people with chlamydial infection. Or, you might get a prescription for another antibiotic such as erythromycin or ofloxacin.

Doctors may treat pregnant women with azithromycin or erythromycin, or sometimes, with amoxicillin. Penicillin, which doctors often use to treat some other STDs, won't cure chlamydial infections.

If you have chlamydial infection:

  • Take all of the prescribed medicine, even after symptoms disappear.
  • If the symptoms do not disappear within one to two weeks after finishing the medicine, go to your doctor or clinic again.
  • It is very important to tell your sex partners that you have chlamydial infection so that they can be tested and treated.
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Chlamydia is curable with certain antibiotics like tetracyclin, erthyromicin, and azithromycin (but not penicillin, as is the case for other STDs). It is very important that a person with chlamydial infection take all of the prescribed medication, even after symptoms disappear. To be sure that the infection is cured, a follow-up visit to the doctor of clinic 1 to 2 weeks after finishing the medication may be necessary. Current research is focusing on the creation of rapid diagnostic tests and on the basic process of chlamydial infection. 3

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD
2. excerpt from Chlamydial Infection, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
3. excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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