Gonorrhoea Treatment

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Gonorrhoea Treatment is an antibiotic medicine, used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea. It contains two antibiotic tablets - azithromycin and cefixime. You must first do a gonorrhoea test to ensure you have the infection and that these medicines are suitable for your condition.

What is Gonorrhoea Treatment?

Gonorrhoea Treatment is a combination of antibiotics used to treat gonorrhoea and chlamydia. The treatment consists of two Suprax 200mg tablets (cefixime) and four azithromycin 500mg tablets.

This combination of antibiotics is considered second-line treatment for gonorrhoea infection. It is recommended for use when a patient cannot tolerate or access the first line treatment, which is an antibiotic injection.

Approximately half of all patients diagnosed with gonorrhoea also test positive for chlamydia. Gonorrhoea Treatment contains medication to treat both conditions simultaneously.

Azithromycin and Suprax are prescription-only medicines. In order to buy this medication, you must first have an online consultation. Contact us for more information.

The active ingredients in this medication are azithromycin and cefixime. For further information, please see the patient information leaflets for azithromycin and Suprax.

How it works

Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are both treatable sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sexually transmitted infections are transferred by sexual contact through bodily fluids. STIs can be passed on by having vaginal, anal or oral sex, as well as by sharing sex toys. Those who do not practise safe sex put themselves at a higher risk of infection when with a partner carrying an STI.

Suprax and azithromycin are antibiotic drugs. Antibiotics work by stopping the development of bacterial cells. By stopping the cells from growing, the bacteria that cause gonorrhoea and chlamydia can no longer reproduce.

Before you take it

It is important that you do not take this medicine if you are allergic to azithromycin, cefixime, or similar antibiotic treatments. Speak with your doctor, who may be able to suggest an alternative treatment that is more suitable for you to take.

Azithromycin and Suprax may be unsuitable for some people. If you are currently taking or have recently taken medicines such as ergotamine or other ergot derivatives, or medicines to thin the blood such as warfarin, it is advised that you seek medical advice before taking this treatment.

Contact your doctor or medical professional if any of the following apply:

  • You have heart disease or an irregular heartbeat
  • You have a lung condition
  • You have signs of another infection
  • You have myasthenia gravis
  • You have, or have had, liver or kidney problems
  • You have low levels of potassium or magnesium

If you are pregnant, do not take this treatment unless advised by a doctor. Other treatments may be more appropriate for your condition during pregnancy.

If you are breastfeeding, please contact your doctor first before using these medications. The effects of azithromycin and Suprax in breast milk are unknown and may harm a nursing baby. Your doctor will only prescribe this treatment to you if the benefits outweigh the risks.

If you have tested positive for gonorrhoea or chlamydia, it is recommended that you and your sexual partner receive treatment as soon as possible. Undetected gonorrhoea or chlamydia left untreated can have harmful and long-term complications such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

If you suspect you may be at risk of infection but are not sure if you have one, you should take a test and start treatment as soon as possible. If you are uncomfortable visiting a sexual health clinic, home test kits can be used to make testing discreet, convenient and confidential.

For a home test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia, please see our 2-in-1 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test Kit for gonorrhoea and chlamydia here.

This information is not exhaustive. For a full list of warnings and precautions, please see the patient information leaflets for azithromycin and Suprax.

Dosage Instructions

The Gonorrhoea Treatment consists of two separate medications.

For the treatment of gonorrhoea and chlamydia: two 200mg Suprax and four 500mg azithromycin tablets should be taken together as a single dose.

Treatment should be taken whole with a glass of water. Avoid crushing or chewing tablets. Both Suprax and azithromycin can be taken with or without food.

You must avoid unprotected sexual intercourse for at least seven days after treatment. Unprotected sexual partners may still be at risk of contracting the infection before this time period.

Common Side Effects of Gonorrhoea Treatment

The Gonorrhoea Treatment may cause some side effects. If you experience any side effects that concern you after taking this treatment, please speak to you doctor or pharmacist. Side effects may include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling or being sick (nausea)
  • Flatulence
  • Feeling dizzy or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Joint pain (arthralgia)

If you experience skin lesions with a surrounding pink/red ring after taking this treatment, contact your doctor immediately. Side effects may also include diarrhoea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (often symptomatic of liver problems), unusual bruising or bleeding or urine with blood in it.

Some patients may be allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:

  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat or face
  • Hives or nettle rash

A full list of side effects for the medicines contained in the Gonorrhoea Treatment can be found in their respective patient information leaflets.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Gonorrhoea Treatment suitable for children?

No. The Gonorrhoea Treatment is recommended for use by adults over the age of 18 only. Please note that we do not prescribe any medication to people under 18 years of age.

Do I need a prescription?

Yes. The antibiotics contained in the Gonorrhoea Treatment are prescription-only medications. These medicines are available on prescription to order through our online pharmacy.

I’m pregnant. Can I use this Gonorrhoea Treatment?

Consult your doctor first before using this medication during pregnancy or if you suspect you may be pregnant.

Can I use this Gonorrhoea Treatment while breastfeeding?

Gonorrhoea Treatment is unsuitable for use during breastfeeding. It is unknown whether it is secreted into breast milk.

If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe an alternative medication to treat your symptoms.

How long should I wait to have sex after taking the treatment?

It is important to abstain from any unprotected sexual contact until at least seven days after treatment. Engaging in any unprotected sexual activity before this time can put your sexual partner at risk of infection.

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