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Do you need testing for Gonorrhoea? Further information on gonorrhoea testing can be found here.

Gonorrhoea treatment

In cases where the first-line treatment for gonorrhoea cannot be given, two antibiotics are given to treat gonorrhoea; Suprax (cefixime) and Azithromycin.

Typically, a person infected with gonorrhoea would receive an injection and an antibiotic tablet, given 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.

Suprax (cefixime)

Cefixime, the active ingredient of Suprax, targets the cellular structure of the bacterial cells which cause gonorrhoea. Cefixime prevents the bacteria from producing the chemical needed to maintain its structure, making the bacteria weak enough the body's immune system to destroy.

Azithromycin

Azithromycin works by inhibiting the production of a protein which the bacteria need to survive and multiply. With their source of energy removed, the bacteria become weak enough to be overcome by the body's natural defence mechanism.

Both Suprex and Azithromycin work together to treat the infection and help the body's natural immune defences to fight off the invasion.


What is gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which can be passed on through unprotected anal, oral and vaginal sex, or sharing sex toys. Gonorrhoea can also be passed on from a mother to her child during pregnancy. Gonorrhoea is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK, with over 44,000 diagnoses a year.

A person infected with gonorrhoea may not show any symptoms. However, symptoms may occur 2 weeks after being infected. 1 out of every 10 men infected and 1 in 2 women infected with gonorrhoea will not experience obvious symptoms. This makes it harder for people to suspect they have gonorrhoea and further delays treatment.

Symptoms of gonorrhoea in women include:

  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain when urinating
  • Rectal discharge
  • Tenderness in the lower part of the stomach
  • Vaginal discharge

Symptoms of gonorrhoea in men include:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Inflammation of the foreskin
  • Pain when urinating
  • Penile discharge
  • Rectal discharge
  • Testicular pain

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 GP surgery or genitourinary (GUM) clinics. Antenatal clinics may also offer testing for gonorrhoea due to the risks associated with being infected with gonorrhoea while pregnant.

Alternatively, you can order a gonorrhoea testing kit online from Prescription Doctor. Simply provide a sample, post it to our partner laboratory - using the included pre-paid envelope - and your results will made available to you via your secure Prescription Doctor account.


How to take?

This treatment is taken as a single dose.

Take 400 mg of Suprax (two 200 mg tablets) and take 1000 mg of Azithromycin (two 500 mg tablets or four 250 mg tablets)

It is important that you complete your course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better. Stopping antibiotic treatment early can increase the risk of the infection returning, or affect how your body responds to future antibiotic treatments.

Always follow your doctor's advice.


Gonorrhoea treatment side effects and cautions

All medication carries the risk of side effects. It's important to read the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medication before taking your medicines for gonorrhoea.

Side effects of Azithromycin include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Flatulence
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Tiredness
  • Visual and hearing impairment
  • Vomiting

Side effects of Suprax (cefixime) include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

These are not exhaustive lists of side effects associated with azithromycin and cefexime. Further information regarding the safety of azithromycin and cefexime can be found within the respective leaflets enclosed with each medicine.

How should I report my side effects to gonorrhoea treatment?

If you are worried about any of the above side effects, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

What should I do if I experience an allergic reaction to gonorrhoea treatment regimen?

If you believe you are experiencing an allergic reaction to either azithromycin or cefexime, 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.

Can I drink alcohol while taking gonorrhoea treatment?

Do not drink alcohol while taking these medicines as it can reduce the effectiveness of them.

Is gonorrhoea treatment suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

This treatment may not be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to speak to your doctor about appropriate gonorrhoea treatment for you.


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Table of contents

Gonorrhoea treatment

What is gonorrhoea?

How to take gonorrhoea treatment

Side effects and cautions

Staying safe with Prescription Doctor

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Gonorrhoea treatment
  • Active Ingredient(s): Cefixime and Azithromycin
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Tablets
  • Available Strengths: Suprax (200 mg), Azithromycin (500 mg)
  • Exemption: Prescription Only Medication
  • Application: Men and women over 18 with diagnosed gonorrhoea
  • Dosage: One-off dose. 400 mg of Suprax. 1000 mg (1gram) of Azithromycin.
  • Description: Suprax and Azithromycin are antibiotics used to treat gonorrhoea.
  • Alcohol Consumption: Do not consume alcohol while using this treatment.
  • When Pregnant: This treatment may not be suitable for pregnant women.
  • When Breastfeeding: This treatment may not be suitable for breastfeeding mothers.