Our gonorrhoea treatment contains two antibiotics - Suprax (cefixime) and Azithromycin. It is taken as a one-off dose to clear the infection of gonorrhoea.
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Two antibiotics are required to treat gonorrhoea; Suprax (cefixime) and Azithromycin.
Typically, a person infected with gonorrhoea would receive an injection and an antibiotic tablet. The injection needs to be administered by a healthcare professional. In the event that this is not possible, such as if the patient refuses the injection or they are allergic to any of the ingredients of this treatment, an alternative treatment can be prescribed in the form of two tablets called Suprax (cefixime) and Azithromycin.
Cefixime, the active ingredient of Suprax, targets the cellular structure of the bacterial cells which cause gonorrhoea. By preventing the bacteria to produce the chemical needed to retain structural integrity, the cell walls break and succumb to the body's immune system.
Azithromycin works by inhibiting the production of a protein which the bacteria need to survive and reproduce. With this source of energy eradicated, the bacteria becomes weaker against the body's natural defence mechanism.
Both of these treatments work together to treat the infection and help the body's natural immune defences to fight off the invasion.
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can be passed on through unprotected anal, oral and vaginal sex, sharing sex toys, or passed on from a mother to her child during pregnancy. It is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK, with over 44,000 diagnoses a year.
A person infected with gonorrhoea may not exhibit any symptoms. However, symptoms may occur 2 weeks after being infected. A tenth of infected men and half of the infected women will not experience obvious symptoms. This can make it hard to detect for some people and delay treatment.
Symptoms of gonorrhoea in women include:
Symptoms of gonorrhoea in men include:
If gonorrhoea is left untreated, it can lead to infertility in both men and women. If you experience any of the symptoms of gonorrhoea or suspect you may have been exposed to the infection, it is important to get tested. You can get tested for gonorrhoea at your local doctors surgery or genitourinary (GUM) clinics. Antenatal clinics may also offer to test for gonorrhoea due to the risks associated with being infected with gonorrhoea while pregnant.
This treatment is taken in a single dose.
Take 400 mg of Suprax (two 200 mg tablets)
Take 1000 mg of Azithromycin (two 500 mg tablets or four 250 mg tablets)
All medication carries the risk of side effects. It's important to read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medication before taking.
Side effects of Azithromycin include:
Side effects of Suprax (cefixime) include:
If you are worried about any of the above side effects, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction to either medication, seek immediate medical attention. You may need to visit the accident and emergency department of your hospital. If this occurs, make sure you take the packaging to the medication with you so the doctors treating you are aware of what you have taken.
Avoid consuming alcohol as this can reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
This treatment may not be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Speak to our doctors for more advice.
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