Doxycycline - Chlamydia treatment
  • Effective treatment for chlamydia
  • Take 1 tablet for 7 days
  • Not suitable if you have chlamydia symptoms

Chlamydia treatment

If you or your partner have been diagnosed with chlamydia, the oral antibiotic Doxycycline can be an effective means of treatment. Available for collection or delivery.

Doxycycline - Chlamydia treatment
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  • Effective treatment for chlamydia
  • Take 1 tablet for 7 days
  • Not suitable if you have chlamydia symptoms

About chlamydia treatment

  • Taking chlamydia treatment

    Take 1 tablet, twice a day, for 7 days. Swallow the tablet with plenty of water.
    Doxycycline is best taken with food, or a glass of milk, and should be taken at least one hour before you go to bed.

    Complete the 7-day course of treatment to clear the infection. Do not have sex until you have completed all 7 days of treatment.

    If you are allergic to Doxycycline, you will be prescribed an alternative antibiotic.

  • Side effects

    The most common side effects include sensitivity to sunlight (exaggerated sunburn reaction), indigestion (inflammation or ulcers of the gullet) and, in women, vaginal thrush.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • Effectiveness

    When taken correctly, the prescribed treatment will kill the bacteria causing the infection. You should avoid sexual contact until you and any sexual partners have completed the course of antibiotics.

    This medicine is not a vaccination. You must take precautions to avoid reinfection. Using condoms every time you have sex (oral, vaginal, anal) is the best way to make sure you do not get STIs.

  • How it works

    Doxycycline is an antibiotic. It can be used to treat chlamydia by killing the bacteria that cause the infection.

  • Important information about chlamydia treatment

    Do not take Doxycycline if there is a chance of pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding.

    Do not take Doxycycline if you have symptoms. You should attend your local sexual health clinic. Symptoms include:

    • Discharge/fluid from your penis
    • Painful or swollen testicles
    • Increase or change to vaginal discharge
    • Bleeding during or after sex, or between periods
    • Pain or burning on passing urine or passing urine more often
    • Pain, bleeding or discharge/fluid from your rectum/bottom
    • Pain in your lower abdomen/tummy
    • Painful sex
    • Genital sores or lumps
    • Fever
    • New joint pains
    • New eye symptoms (soreness, discharge, redness)
  • Safety: taking other medicines

    It is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Doxycycline safely.

    If you are use antacid/indigestion medications, or medications containing iron, zinc or bismuth, you must wait 4hrs between taking that medication and Doxycycline.

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Doxycycline.

  • Alternative treatments

    If you are allergic to Doxycycline, you may be prescribed Azithromycin as an alternative treatment.

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