Chlamydia can usually be effectively treated using antibiotics and in more than 95% of cases individuals will be cured successfully.

In the UK to two most commonly prescribed antibiotics for the treatment of Chlamydia are:

  • Doxycycline: 100mg twice daily for 7 days
  • Azithromycin: 1g dose given as a single dose, followed by 500mg taken daily for two days

Both medications are useful at treating uncomplicated urogenital chlamydia infection. They are both antibiotics but work in different ways. Doxycycline is now recommended as first line treatment for this infection, whilst Azithromycin is an useful alternative for those individuals who cannot tolerate Doxycycline or other Tetracycline antibiotics.

Treatment with antibiotics will usually be started following confirmation of the diagnosis via the test results, however if Chlamydia infection is highly suspected (for example if you have various symptoms) then antibiotics may be started before getting the test results.

It is important not to have any form of sexual intercourse for at least one week after finishing antibiotic treatment. This helps prevent passing on the infection to others or catching it again straight away.

Authored Dec 21, 2017 by Joseph Isaac, MPharm
Reviewed Jan 27, 2019 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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