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Is it possible 500 mg of azithromycin will treat chlamydia? What is the likelihood that this is enough? I do not have access to 1g. I have no symtoms

Is it possible 500 mg of azithromycin will treat chlamydia? What is the likelihood that this is enough? I do not have access to 1g. I have no symtoms

Not enough: This dose is not reliable against chlamydia. You need to find another 500 mg; in fact, if you already treated yourself, you need another two doses -- total 1 g taken all at once. If you could get 500 mg, surely you can get the rest. Contact your local health department for probable free treatment. Also, you need to be tested; and other sex partners (all within the past 2 months) also need Rx. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or no symptoms at all. In many patients without symptoms, chlamydial infections can spread upwards into the abdomen and cause serious complications due to scarring. Newborns can acquire chlamydial eye infection from birth ...Read more


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I took two pills of azithromycin to treat chlamydia but I threw up a half an hour later. Do I have to take another dose or will it still cure it?

I took two pills of azithromycin to treat chlamydia but I threw up a half an hour later. Do I have to take another dose or will it still cure it?

Treat again: You need to treat again. The recommended dose of Azithromycin for treating chlamydia is 1 gram (4-250 mg tablets) in a single dose. your partner also need to be treated. Try taking it with food to help keep it down. ...Read more

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My girlfriend was prescribed azithromycin to treat chlamydia & on the 5th day after, we had intercourse for 60 secs. Is there any type of risk?

My girlfriend was prescribed azithromycin to treat chlamydia & on the 5th day after,  we had intercourse for 60 secs. Is there any type of risk?

Maybe: The typical treatment is given in a single dose or over 2 wks. It does take a while to kill the germ. If you had prior exposure and were not treated, you likely have it anyway.Condoms help you avoid some risk but is not 100%. In this situation it is hard to say if you are at risk or not. There are other details we don't know from what you listed. ...Read more

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I took two pills of azithromycin to treat chlamydia but I threw up an hour and fifteen mins later. Did I absorb the antibiotic or do I need to take it again?

Enough absorbed: This has been studied. You probably absorbed enough. The research showed that most of a one gram dose of azithromycin for chlamydia is absorbed and treatment effective if vomiting is more than 30 minutes after taking it. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, after taking azithromycin to treat chlamydia. When should I get tested again to make sure it's out of my system?

Hi doctor, after taking azithromycin to treat chlamydia. When should I get tested again to make sure it's out of my system?

1-3 months: The standard recommendation is to restest for chlamydia (and gonorrhea) about 3 months after treatment. This detects both reinfection, in case of reexposure, and also the rare treatment failure. Earlier testing usually isn't done, but if reassurance needed, you can retest at 1 month. But not before that: any earlier and the test can still be positive from the initial infection, even though cured. ...Read more

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When is it safe to have sex after using azithromycin to treat chlamydia? I had sex with my partner who also got treated, on the 7th day.

When is it safe to have sex after using azithromycin to treat chlamydia? I had sex with my partner who also got treated, on the 7th day.

Yes : Yes after seven days of treatment with antibiotics, one should no longer be contagious. It is the safest to use protection, condoms, as long as possible so as not to become reinfected. ...Read more

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When is it safe to have sex after using azithromycin to treat chlamydia? I had sex with my partner who also got treated on the 7th day.

When is it safe to have sex after using azithromycin to treat chlamydia?
I had sex with my partner who also got treated on the 7th day.

Ok if both treated: As long as both of you were treated, it's safe to have sex. Be sure to go back for retesting in about 3 months. The rate of reinfection at age 20 is about 20%. This means that 1 out of every 5 women will be positive again when rechecked in 3 months. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


Chlamydia (Definition)

Chlamydia trachomatis is a sexually-transmittable bacterial infection that ...Read more