Azithromycin chlamydia treatment
Azithromycin for chlamydia is a single dose antibiotic. It is the standard antibiotic treatment for chlamydia in the UK.
Azithromycin is effective in nearly all cases. There is little antibiotic resistance. The treatment involves taking only a single dose of antibiotic. Forgetting to take doses or forgetting to finish a course of treatment is not an issue.
A brand name of azithromycin is Zithromax made by Pfizer.
Where can I buy azithromycin online?
How to order
Azithromycin online in the UK is available on prescription from Dr Fox. It can also be obtained on prescription from GPs, genito-urinary clinics and by voucher from the National Chlamydia Screening Program.
Some participating high street chemists sell azithromycin under the brand name of Clamelle at a fairly high cost. This treatment is available only to people who have proof of a positive chlamydia test result.
Side effects of azithromycin
The treatment is a single dose of 1 gram (azithromycin 250mg tablets four as a single dose). Side effects are unusual, although nausea and even vomiting does occur. If the medication is vomited with 30 minutes of it being taken the dose should be repeated. For a full list of side effects see the azithromycin (Zithromax) Patient Information Leaflet.
Alternative antibiotic to azithromycin
How to order
People who are allergic to azithromycin or people who are looking for a lower cost treatment can opt to take the alternative antibiotic, doxycycline. This antibiotic works as well as azithromycin. However, it needs to be taken for one week and tends to cause more side effects, particularly nausea. Doxycycline is available from Dr Fox on prescription.
Who is eligible for chlamydia treatment online?
Chlamydia treatment is available to people who have tested positive for chlamydia. People who have been in contact with someone who has had a positive chlamydia test are also eligible.
Chlamydia tests are carried out on self-provided urine samples. The test can be carried out using a kit supplied online (Clamelle) or from high street chemists.
The chlamydia test kit provided by Dr Fox is called Clamelle. The results of tests are posted back to customers. Results can also be obtained from any pharmacist that sells Clamelle chlamydia test kits using a unique reference number (URN).
Testing and treatment are also available on the NHS through the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.
When not to self-treat with antibiotic
Chlamydia infection is the most frequently STI seen in the UK. Often it gives few or no symptoms. In males the most frequent symptoms are a discharge from the penis. Females have even fewer symptoms because the infection is inside. There may be a discharge and soreness. A full list of symptoms can be found on the chlamydia page of the NHS choices website.
It is important to be aware that other STIs may be present with chlamydia and if present these need additional treatment. Simple chlamydia infection does not cause sores or rashes on the genitals.
Women who have lower abdominal pains and irregular or heavy periods and suspect they have an infection should not self-treat. They should see a doctor face-to-face.
Free chlamydia treatment and test kit
In some parts of the UK chlamydia test kits and treatments can be obtained through the National Chlamydia screening program. This program is open to people from 16 to 25.