When a test confirms that you have Chlamydia infection, the first impulse of doctors is to prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotics alone are known to be 95% effective in treating Chlamydia infection. So far, there are two brands of antibiotics that are commonly prescribed by doctors.
- Azithromycin. This antibiotic should be taken for a week with two tablets a day. For more serious Chlamydia infection, four tablets a day is prescribed
- Doxycycline. This capsule should be taken twice a day for a period of 7 days
There are other generic and brand names of antibiotics being prescribed by doctors such as amoxicillin, erythromycin, ofloxacin, and levofloxacin for generic and Zithromax, Floxin, Levaquin, Erythrocin, Doryx and Vibramycin for branded.
When do doctors prescribe antibiotics?
Aside from testing positive with Chlamydia, doctors give antibiotic prescription to people who have infected sexual partners and infants born of infected mothers.
What you should know before taking antibiotics
- Taking antibiotics regularly can lead to antibiotic resistance
- Antibiotics doesn’t cost too much side effects
- You should complete your antibiotic treatment even if you are feeling okay already
- There are common side effects like swelling of face or tongue and lips but it should disappear after few hours
- If there are side effects that don’t go away after a day or two, stop taking your antibiotics and seek medical attention immediately
- The risk of taking antibiotics is lesser than its benefit so it is okay to take it
Common Antibiotic Side Effects
For Doxycycline, levofloxacin, and ofloxacin.
The common side effect of Doxycycline, levofloxacin, and ofloxacin antibiotics is skin irritation so if you are prescribed these antibiotics, make sure to stay out of the sun. if you need to go out and the sun is high, wear something long to protect your skin like long sleeves, jeans and hat. Using sunblock lotion is also recommended.
For women, these antibiotics are strong so if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, do not take these antibiotics. Tell your doctor immediately. These drugs can cause birth defects.
What to look out for
When taking Chlamydia medication, do not underestimate the effect of antibiotics. There are antibiotics that can cause the heart to palpitate or can cause trouble breathing. Serious side effects of antibiotics are:
- Having hives
- Having irregular heart rate
- Feeling tired or weak
- Having swollen legs and hands
- Having difficulty breathing
- Having vaginal itching
What to remember during Chlamydia Treatment
- do not have sex while on treatment or if you have not finished the entire duration of treatment yet
- do not skip your medication
- after your Chlamydia treatment, get screened again after three months (applicable to patients below 25 years of age)
- azithromycin is often prescribed for a day treatment only, after the day of taking it, abstain from sexual activities for 7 days to avoid infecting your partner and to avoid catching the infection again
- Make sure that you are not pregnant before taking any Chlamydia drug