Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted disease, which is treated with antibiotics. Until a few years ago, treatment of uncomplicated gonorrhoea was easy. A single injection of penicillin was considered as the treatment of choice as it cured almost every infected person. However, the emergence of drug resistant strains of gonorrhoea (to various antibiotics, including penicillin) has complicated the treatment.
Antibiotics for treatment of Gonorrhoea: Some of the commonly prescribed oral or injectable antibiotics for treatment of gonorrhoea include:
You will be prescribed a single dose of any one of the above antibiotics for the treatment of gonorrhoea. Use of antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin and levofloxacin is not recommended for pregnant women and people younger than 18 years of age. In the past, treatment was simple but with the emergence of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea around the world, treatment has become challenging. Your doctor, after examination and tests can decide on the best and safest antibiotic for you.
Gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections: Many people with gonorrhoea have another sexually transmitted disease chlamydia at the same time. Hence, your doctor may prescribe a combination of antibiotics, such as ceftriaxone and doxycycline, or azithromycin, so that both the infections can be treated simultaneously.
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