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How effective is cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treating chlamydia?

How effective is cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treating chlamydia?

Not very effective.: Quinolones, like ciprofloxacin, are not first line treatments for chlamydia. The effectiveness of Cipro in particular is questionable. Other quinolones are more effective, but require a full week of therapy and are more costly than the preferred agents, Doxycycline or azithromycin. Gonorrhea, usually treated at the same time, is now showing resistance to quinolones, making them less attractive.

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Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects mucous membranes of the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus, rectum, eyelid, and throat. Chlamydia may be asymptomatic but some patients experience pain or burning during urination, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge, ...Read more


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I taken one time cipro (ciprofloxacin) dose for chlamydia which has caused epididymitis. When will it go back to normal? Could it be something else?

I taken one time cipro (ciprofloxacin) dose for chlamydia which has caused epididymitis. When will it go back to normal? Could it be something else?

MisinformtIon?: This doesn't compute. Ciprofloxacin does not treat chlamydia. Maybe you misunderstood what antibiotic was prescribed -- maybe azithromycin? But a single dose is not usually adequate for epididymitis. If under a doctor's care, check back with him or her; or maybe second option from an infectious diseases or STD specialist. If you're treating yourself, find a doctor ASAP for proper care. Good luck.

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Recently had chlamydia and urethritisI took medicine (cipro&metronidazole) I felt better now I see blood again when I wipe why is that?

Recently had chlamydia and urethritisI took medicine (cipro&metronidazole) I felt better now I see blood again when I wipe why is that?

Get rechecked: Something doesn't compute. Neither of these antibiotics is reliable for chlamydia. Were you actually tested for chlamydia, with a positive result? Did you have abdominal pain or diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)? Did your sex partner (s) get tested and treated? Have you started having sex since treatment? In any case, for sure return to the doctor or clinic to be rechecked.

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Hi, I took 2 tablets of Zithromax each is 500g at once together with 1 tablet of Cipro 500, to cure both gonnorea and chlamydia, now it's the second day after treatment and still no affect at all, I'm still the same I'm not feeling better, white and gree

Hi, I took 2 tablets of Zithromax each is 500g at once together with 1 tablet of Cipro 500, to cure both gonnorea and chlamydia, now it's the second day after treatment and still no affect at all, I'm still the same I'm not feeling better, white and gree

See below: Recommended first-line treatment for GC/Chlamydia urethritis is either Azithromycin 1 gm (which you received) or Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily x 7 days. Though symptoms often show improvement within 24-48 hrs, it can sometimes take several days longer, so I would recommend waiting a few more days. There is an ~10-20% failure or recurrence rate. If symptoms still present after 7 days, re-evaluate.

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Slight white discharge, slight pain w/urination (almost 2 weeks) Zithromax & cipro (ciprofloxacin) didn't help. Test neg for chlamydia & gonnorrhea. Thoughts?

Slight white discharge, slight pain w/urination (almost 2 weeks) Zithromax & cipro (ciprofloxacin) didn't help. Test neg for chlamydia & gonnorrhea. Thoughts?

More evaluation...: Additional information is needed to answer your question with any meaning since you are experiencing may be 1) a yeast infection, 2)continued UTI if the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotics used, 3) atrophy due to menopause, 4) something other than a UTI. A clinical re-evaluation is needed to determine any additional testing is needed to secure the diagnosis.

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Been having epididymitis for 2 months. Not chlamydia and urine cultures come back negative. Already took doxycycline, cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Zithro. What is it?

Been having epididymitis for 2 months. Not chlamydia and urine cultures come back negative. Already took doxycycline, cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Zithro. What is it?

Doubt epididymitis: Epididymitis doesn't persist for 2 months. It causes enlargement and tenderness of a single testicle, almost never both; and doesn't cause ongoing testicular pain for this long. I doubt you have epididymitis. Non-response to those antibiotics is strong evidence you have no infection of any kind. Suspect chronic pelvic pain syndrome (see excellent Wikipedia article). Nothing harmful! Good luck.

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I was diagnosed for UTI & chlamydia. I was on 7 days cipro, and took azithromycin in the middle. On last day of cipro & still peeing often. What now?

I was diagnosed for UTI & chlamydia. I was on 7 days cipro, and took azithromycin in the middle. On last day of cipro & still peeing often. What now?

Follow up: Follow up with doctor. The organism causing the UTI may be resistant to cipro and azithromycin. You may need another course of antibiotics to clear the UTI.

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What prostatitis infection after hand job with oil? Chlamydia and gonorrhea neg. Doxy, cipro, (ciprofloxacin) z pack, no help. Flagyl helped little. What do I do?

What prostatitis infection after hand job with oil? Chlamydia and gonorrhea neg. Doxy, cipro, (ciprofloxacin) z pack, no help. Flagyl helped little. What do I do?

Doubt prostatitis: No STD or any infection that might cause prostatitis is possible from such contact. I'm guessing your symptoms are some combination of urinary urgency, bladder discomfort, and/or testicular or low abdominal pain. Most men with such symptoms have genitally focused anxiety--pain from pevlic muscle tension not prostate. That all the antibiotics didn't help is very strong evidence against infection.

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Can ciprofloxacin treat chlamydia?

Can ciprofloxacin treat chlamydia?

Not 1st choice: Amoxilicillin, azithromycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, levofloxin, oxfloxacin are the recommended antibiotics.

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Can you treat chlamydia with ciprofloxacin?

Can you treat chlamydia with ciprofloxacin?

Nope: Ciprofloxacin is in the antbiotic class called quinolones. Some quinolones are effective against chlamydia, but not cipro (ciprofloxacin). The treatment of choice for uncomplicated genital chlamydial infection is a single dose of azithromycin; second choice is doxycycline for 7 days. If neither of these can be given, levofloxacin (one of the quinolones that works) for 7 days can be used.

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Can ciprofloxacin 500mg taken twice a day for 14 days treat chlamydia?

Can ciprofloxacin 500mg taken twice a day for 14 days treat chlamydia?

Probably: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not the drug of choice for chlamydia. However, if there is a positive test and if you have taken Cipro (ciprofloxacin) already, you may be cured. The options would be to treat a with another antibiotic anyway or repeat a test for chlamydia.

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Will 500 mg of ciprofloxacin treat gonorrhea or chlamydia if 1 tablet is taken twice daily for 3 days (6 total tablets)?

Definitely not!: Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin once was used routinely to treat gonorrhea, but many gonorrhea strains are now resistant to it. And cipro (ciprofloxacin) has never been effective for chlamydia. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) definitely should not be used to treat either of these STDs; no matter how much you take, it is not likely to work. Talk with your doctor about getting proper treatment, usually with ceftriaxone, azithromycin, or both. Good luck!

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I have been diagnosed with chlamydia andI have been prescribed ciprofloxacin and doxycycline. To be taken together. Is there a problem?

I have been diagnosed with chlamydia andI have been prescribed ciprofloxacin and doxycycline. To be taken together. Is there a problem?

Doxy yes, cipro?: Doxycycline for 7 days is excellent against chlamydia, one of the preferred treatments. Just be sure to take it as prescribed for the full 7 days. Cipro has no effect against chlamydia; probably you were given a single dose to cover possible gonorrhea in addition. (Cipro isn't the best choice for gonorrhea, but usually would work.) You can safely take both drugs at the same time.

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Can Ciprofloxacin 500 MG Treat gonorrhea, chlamydia or any Sti's?

Can Ciprofloxacin 500 MG Treat gonorrhea, chlamydia or any Sti's?

No: Most STIs don't respond to Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a reasonable treatment for gonorrhea; however, treating Chlamydia with Cipro (ciprofloxacin)floxacin isn't effective. It frequently results in many treatment failures and relapses. Doxycycline and Zithromax are the recommended treatment. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) also isn't effective for Syphilis, HIV, HPV, Herpes, and Trichomonas. Best wishes!

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Hi, Is Ciprofloxacin good vs Gonorrhea and how long should I take it? I was told to take Azithromycin as well for Chlamydia. Is it it ok to combine?

Hi, Is Ciprofloxacin good vs Gonorrhea and how long should I take it? I was told to take Azithromycin as well for Chlamydia. Is it it ok to combine?

Yes you need to take: Both antibiotics for these diseases. However in recent population studies in the USA and throughout the world, fluoroquinolone-resistant strains of Neisseria gonorrhaea have become widespread, especially in more endemic areas with the highest prevalence. This means that it may be safer for you to seek a single dose Ceftriaxone in the arm or buttock for best available treatment method.

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Could a single dose of 1g azithromycin and 500mg ciprofloxacin be enough to treat chlamydia and gonorrhea infection?

Could a single dose of 1g azithromycin and 500mg ciprofloxacin be enough to treat chlamydia and gonorrhea infection?

No: Current cdc recommendations for gonorrhea and chlmydia are a single dose of Ceftriaxone 250 mg (shot) and a single dose of Azithromycin 1g (by mouth). Instead of Azithromycin you could do Doxycycline 100 mg by mouth twice a day for 7 days. Treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease (more severe infection in females) cannot be done in a single dose.

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How did I get chlamydia?

How did I get chlamydia?

Sex: Chlamydia can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex.

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How serious is chlamydia?

Serious: Can lead to infertility in women severe pelvic infection need for complex abdominal surgery.

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I had chlamydia will I die?

I had chlamydia will I die?

Chlamydia: We will all die, but very very few will die from infection with chlamydia, particularly if you are referring to genital or urinary infection. This is quite treatable and curable. Good luck.

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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