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If you or your partner have been diagnosed with chlamydia, you can order a prescription for chlamydia treatment online.
DrEd offers two treatment options. The recommended treatment is doxycycline which is taken for 7 days. The other treatment is azithromycin, a single dose antibiotic which is more than 95% effective in treating chlamydia.
To place your order, fill in our short medical questionnaire. Our doctor will review your request to ensure doxycycline or azithromycin is the right treatment for you.
Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.
A consultation for doxycycline or azithromycin for chlamydia costs €20.
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. You get it by having unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral); or from your genitals coming into contact with a sexual partner’s genitals; or from sharing sex toys without washing them or covering them with a condom each time they are used. It is caused by a type of bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis that lives in semen and vaginal fluids.
Chlamydia normally infects the genitals, but it can also infect the rectum, eyes or throat.
Chlamydia can have very few or no symptoms, which makes it hard to tell if you’ve got it unless you take a test. Some people do present short term symptoms though, most commonly:
(Some men may get mild symptoms that disappear after about 3 days. This doesn’t mean the infection has gone. You can still pass it on and so need to seek treatment.)
Short term symptoms appear roughly two weeks after having unprotected sex, but if you don’t get any symptoms this doesn’t mean that you don’t have chlamydia. It is often symptomless. It is always better to do a test to check.
These are very serious and can be linked to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease. See a doctor straight away if you have them.
You can also get chlamydia in your eyes, rectum or throat. If infected semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with the eyes, you can develop conjunctivitis. If you get an infection in the rectum, it will cause a discharge, along with pain and discomfort, and bleeding. It’s uncommon to get an infection in the throat and this usually has no symptoms.
If left untreated, chlamydia can cause very serious health problems. In women this includes pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility (not being able to have children) and increased risk of miscarriage. In men, chlamydia can result in infertility (not being able to have children), swollen testicles (orchitis), and reactive arthritis (inflammation of the joints).
You can treat chlamydia very easily with a single course of antibiotics. Azithromycin and Doxycycline are the two most commonly prescribed antibiotics to treat chlamydia. Both work in the same way – they contain the infection and stop it reproducing, so that your body’s immune system can fight off the infection.
Over 95% of people who take their antibiotics according to the prescription’s instructions find that this successfully gets rid of the chlamydia infection.
The dosage of Azithromycin for most people with chlamydia is four 250mg tablets taken at the same time on one day. The dosage of Doxycycline is usually a longer course - two capsules each day for a week.
Your doctor might suggest a different type of antibiotic if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you seem to have had chlamydia for a long time. You must complete the course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms seem to have cleared up.
Don’t put off getting tested for chlamydia. If you have symptoms, do the test straight away. You can take the test anytime, but if it is less than two weeks since you had unprotected sex, your doctor might suggest you do another test when those two weeks are up. This is because the test sometimes doesn’t pick up chlamydia in its early stages. Often, you don’t need to be physically examined to get tested for chlamydia. The test can be either a urine test or a swab test. The swab test is where a cotton bud is rubbed gently onto the area where you might have chlamydia to collect some cells. These can then be tested for signs of the infection.
The test is accurate for over nine out of ten people. Like most tests it is not one hundred percent perfect, so in very rare cases the test can say you don’t have chlamydia when you do, or do have chlamydia when you don’t.
Men usually get tested with a urine sample. Very occasionally the doctor might suggest swabbing the top of the urethra (the tube you pass urine through), but normally this is not necessary. Women may be tested with a urine sample, but often the swab test is favoured.
If you have had unprotected oral or anal sex, the doctor might suggest swabbing your rectum or throat. Likewise, if you are showing symptoms in your eyes, the doctor might suggest swabbing your eyelid.
If you have a very high chance of having chlamydia (for example, if your partner has got it and you’ve been having unprotected sex) your doctor might start you on a course of treatment before your test results come back.
The most common side effects of Azithromycin are nausea, diarrhoea, stomach ache and vaginal thrush. Occasionally, you might get a rash as a side effect from doxycycline if you are exposed to too much light.
You should not have sex for seven days after you have finished your antibiotic treatment. If your partner also has chlamydia, you shouldn’t have sex until seven days after you have both finished the treatment. Otherwise, you risk catching/passing on the infection again.
Your doctor might suggest a different type of antibiotic if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you seem to have had chlamydia for a long time. Ofloxacin and Erythromycin are other common antibiotics.
If your test shows that you’ve got chlamydia, you should contact recent sexual partners (anyone from the last six months) and let them know. The NHS has specialist sexual health advisors who can help you do this, or who can offer to do it for you if you’d prefer not to have the conversation yourself.
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Don’t take if you are pregnant, have liver problems, kidney disease, asthma or are allergic o sulfites.
Doxcycline can affect your contraceptive pill, speak to the doctor about this if you are taking it.
Don’t take if you are allergic to azithromycin or other macrolide antibiotics.
Don’t take if you have liver problems.
Don’t take if you are taking ergot derivatives e.g. ergotamine (treats migraines).
Don’t have sex until seven days after you finish the antibiotic treatment.
Mild rash if exposed to too much light (photosensitivity)
Stomach upset – tummy ache, feeling sick, diarrhoea.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
The name of the antibiotics we prescribe for Chlamydia are Doxycycline and Azithromycin.
If you are taking azithromycin tablets, take them when your stomach is empty. This means an hour before food or 2 hours after food. Swallow all tablets whole. You may take your doses with food.
If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.
If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.
You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.
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