Prescription Medications

Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all antibiotics for the full term, even if you are feeling better. Not doing so risks reinfection.

First-line antibiotics include:

    
  • Azithromycin
  • Doxycycline
  • Other antibiotics include:

        
  • Amoxicillin
  • Erythromycin
  • Levofloxacin
  • Ofloxacin
  • Azithromycin

    This antibiotic is effective with a single dose. If you have liver or kidney disease, this medication should be use with caution.

    Side effects may include:

        
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Doxycycline

    This antibiotic is usually given for 7 days. It is just as effective as a single dose of azithromycin. It should not be used in children less than 8 years old or during pregnancy.

    Side effects may include:

        
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Other antibiotics

        
  • Amoxicillin
  • Erythromycin
  • Levofloxacin
  • Ofloxacin
  • These antibiotics are usually given for 7 days.

    Side effects may include:

        
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rash
  • Cramping, loss of appetite (erythromycin)
  • Headache, lightheadedness, insomnia (levofloxacin, ofloxacin)