Prescription Medications

Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. It is important to finish all antibiotics as prescribed, 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. This antibiotic is the preferred medication for use in pregnant women.

    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)