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What's the treatment for syphilis?

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Dr. Peter Corrado answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Penicillin: Injectable(intramuscular) penicillin remaims the treatment of choice for all stages of syphilis. If the patient is penicillin allergic, other choices include tetracyclines, macrolides, such as erthromycin and ceftriaxone. Duration of therapy depends on the stage of the disease. Some of the non penicillin treatments suffer from antibiotic resistance. Follow up to insure cure is advised.

Answered 6/18/2015


Dr. Brian Enggano answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Penicillin: The treatment for syphilis is penicillin, which is an antibiotic. It is usually given as an injection. Sometimes you may need more than one injection depending on how widespread it is. Other antibiotics are available if you allergic to penicillin. Discuss this with your doctor.

Answered 12/10/2013


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Depends: Rx for syphillis depends on the type, newborn or acquired;stage, early or late and complications. Penicillin is the primary drug treatment. Management of new cases includes parameters such as detecting other std's, finding & treating exposed contacts, etc. Followup includes testing to be sure the initial treatment is successful.

Answered 3/15/2013


Dr. Gregory Lewis answered

Specializes in Urology

Penicillin shot: If caught early, syphilis may be cured with antibiotics. A single dose of penicillin injected into the muscle is extremely effective in treating the early stages of syphilis.

Answered 9/14/2013



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