Chlamydia treatment – Doxycycline

//Chlamydia treatment – Doxycycline

Chlamydia treatment – Doxycycline

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Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline antibiotic. It works to prevent any growth or reproduction of bacteria cells. It is often used to treat other infections also, but is also an effective treatment for Chlamydia infections.

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What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs); particularly in sexually active teenagers and young adults.

It is passed on via unprotected sex (not using a condom) and if you’re under 25, live in England, and are sexually active, it is recommended that you get tested every year or when you change sexual partner – even if you do not have any symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Chalmydia?

Chlamydia can often not show any symptoms and you may not know that you have it.
Symptoms of chlamydia include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Discharge from the vagina, penis or back passage
  • In women: stomach pain, bleeding after sex or bleeding between periods
  • In men: pain and swelling in the testicles

If you are experiencing any symptoms then it is always recommended to visit your GP, a community contraceptive service or nearest genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic and get tested.

What causes Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection spread through sexual intercourse or contact with infected genital fluids such as semen or vaginal fluid.

It can be spread a number of ways:

  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • Sharing sex toys that aren’t washed or covered with a new condom before each use
  • Infected genital fluid getting into your eye
  • Genitals coming into contact with a partner’s genitals – this means it can spread even without penetration, orgasm or ejaculation

It can also be passed on by a pregnant woman to her baby – please see NHS website for more information

How does it work?

Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline antibiotic. It works to prevent any growth or reproduction of bacteria cells. It is often used to treat other infections also, but is also an effective treatment for Chlamydia infections.

How is it taken?

Doxycyline is taken as a 7-day course, taking one capsule twice a day (morning and evening). It is important to abstain from sexual activity for 7 days following completion of the treatment. Both options of treating Chlamydia (azithromycin or doxycycline) are equally effective.

If you are taking any other medication, especially antibiotics or any blood thinning medication, it is important to speak to your doctor before taking this medication.

Side effects of doxycycline

Like all medicines, doxycycline can cause side effects. Not everybody will experience these side effects and if they do occur, they are usually mild to moderate in nature.

Side effects include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of apetite
  • Inflammation and/or ulcers of gastrointestinal tract
  • Yeast infections around the genitals or anus

If these occur and are persistent, please speak to your GP.

Disclaimer: Responses and results from treatment may vary between individuals. Please consult a doctor if you have any concerns

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