How to treat chlamydia
Chlamydia is usually treated with an antibiotic called Doxycycline. You need a prescription from a doctor to take doxycycline. It’s often prescribed for you once your test results are back, but if it is very likely that you have been infected, you may be prescribed it immediately.
Here at Superdrug Online Doctor, we can prescribe you doxycycline treatment for chlamydia in three easy steps:
- Complete a short, confidential online questionnaire
- Our doctors will review your answers and prescribe your medication
- It is delivered discreetly to your door, or you can collect it from one of our stores
If you are allergic to doxycycline or if you have other conditions, doctors may prescribe you a different antibiotic called azithromycin.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you cannot take doxycycline, so alternative antibiotics like amoxicillin or erythromycin may be prescribed.
What is the success rate of treatment for chlamydia?
Antibiotics are 95% effective in treating chlamydia if you start them promptly and complete the course.
How long does it take for chlamydia to go away after treatment?
Symptoms normally start to clear up quickly as you start taking the antibiotics, but you must finish the whole course to ensure the infection has completely gone.
If you finish the antibiotics and you still have symptoms, get advice from your doctor as soon as possible.
When can I have sex again after treatment?
When you can have sex again after taking treatment for chlamydia depends on which antibiotic you have been prescribed. Always follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure you do not pass the infection onto others.
- Doxycycline: finish the whole course
- Azithromycin: wait seven days after finishing treatment
How do I know if chlamydia has gone after treatment?
You can only tell if chlamydia has cleared up by taking another test. However, if you have finished the course and no longer have symptoms, it is highly likely that the infection has gone.
Do not test earlier than 6 weeks after finishing your treatment as the result may still be positive even if the infection has cleared.