Antibiotics have been adjudged to be the best treatment for Chlamydia. Its effectiveness is almost 100% all the time. This may be debatable given that many people suffering from the infection do not take the prescriptions religiously. Antibiotics may be started once the prescription is given by a medical personnel based on the test results. Such tests may be confirmed at the hospital or even with home test kits.
Various classes of persons could be given antibiotics for Chlamydia as the list below explains.
- People who have tested positive for Chlamydia after seeking help from a qualified medical personnel (or confirmed by after testing with home test kits).
- Newborn babies of women who tested positive for Chlamydia as at the time of delivery.
- Sexual partners of those who have tested positive for Chlamydia because of the high tendency of being infected.
- Persons who are experiencing the symptoms of Chlamydia and have engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse not long ago.
It is imperative to note that the use of antibiotics differs based on the level of illness. This is why it is advisable to consult a qualified medical personnel and not resort to self- medication which may complicate the matter.
True, antibiotics for Chlamydia are numerous in the market, but the two most common of all remain Azithromycin and Doxycycline. While doxycycline is administered, two capsules a day for a week, azithromycin is normally prescribed as two or four tablets only at once. This brings us to the other side of it – pregnant and breastfeeding women. Such women are given different types of antibiotics because of possible allergy and effect it might have on the fetus or newborn. Examples of such antibiotics are erythromycin and amoxicillin. Extreme care is taken when treating women exposed to chlamydia in this category so as to avoid complications and ensure the prescriptions yield the perfect result.
Among the possible complications that may be observed are:
- vaginal thrush,
- tummy pain,
- and general sick-feeling in such women.
Azithromycin, which does not only treat Chlamydia but a wide range of other bacterial infections, is a macrolide-type antibiotic. Its mode of effect is to stop the bacterial growth in the body. Be that as it may, Azithromycin may be less or totally ineffective even with such high credibility if not properly administered. In other words, strict adherence must be given to the instructions issued by the medical personnel or pharmacist that prescribed the antibiotics.
Azithromycin may be administered through the mouth as directed by the doctor and in most circumstances, it is used daily either with or without food. However, it is most effective when taken with food at evenly spaced times. The effect of Azithromycin is noticed after the completion of dosage as prescribed. One may choose to stop the medication when the symptoms begin to fade away.
This is bad practice because it increases the tendency of reoccurrence as the bacteria may still exist in the body. In other words, a complete dosage guarantees that the bacteria dies off completely.
Doxycycline is used to treat numerous types of bacteria among which is Chlamydia. This form of antibiotics is popularly referred to as tetracycline antibiotics which mode of work is to stop the bacterial growth. It is important to state that this antibiotic is very effective for the treatment of Chlamydia but its misuse (improper dosage) would lead to its decreased or even ineffectiveness.
This mode of antibiotic is best taken orally and surprisingly, on an empty stomach about an hour before or two hours after food. It could be taken one or two times daily depending on the doctor’s prescription. Brilliant as this sound, it is crucial to note that some side effects accompany the use of Doxycycline. This differs from person to person, based on the body metabolism.
Some of these side effects include:
- drug rash,
- difficulty in swallowing,
- tongue swelling,
- upper abdominal pain,
- facial redness,
- loss of appetite,
- low blood sugar,
- and a host of others.
When can I have sex again?
Persons who just completed the dosage of the antibiotics can conveniently have sex as they would be safe from the infection of Chlamydia. However, one is advised to have sex not earlier than a week after completion of the antibiotics dosage.
Do I need to go back to the hospital?
One may not need to go back to the hospital if the medication was taken correctly. However, one might need to see a doctor again if the medication was not taken properly, if the symptoms still persist, or if one has unprotected sex again before finishing the treatment.
In conclusion, chlamydia is not an infection without cure and as has been described above, the use of antibiotics is a perfect treatment for it only if it is taken according to the doctor’s instructions.