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Doctor insights on: How Much Azithromycin To Treat Chlamydia

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Chlamydia (Definition)

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


Dr. Bryan Kurtz Dr. Kurtz
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Addagada Rao Dr. Rao
Surgery
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Guntur Medical College
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey Dr. Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
25 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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My doctor just prescribed me one dose of azithromycin to treat chlamydia. My boyfriend doesn't have any insurance currently and needs this as well. Is?

My doctor just prescribed me one dose of azithromycin to treat chlamydia. My boyfriend doesn't have any insurance currently and needs this as well. Is?

Don't share meds!: Your question's incomplete, so I'm not sure what you're asking. But I suspect you want to share prescription meds with your boyfriend. I would NOT encourage you to do so. How do you know he "needs" Azithro? More than you? If he does need it, he should see a physician. Azithro may not be the best treatment med for his condition. If insurance is a barrier, use HealthTap Prime for live doctor visit.

Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Kim Kuhar Dr. Kuhar
Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. Melissa Gowans Dr. Gowans
Pediatrics
17 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

Dr. Indravadan Gatiwala Dr. Gatiwala
Neurology
38 years in practice
South Gujarat University, Government Medical College
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What is the correct dosage of azithromycin to treat chlamydia when also taking Dilantin (phenytonin) for epilepsy? Is 1g okay?

What is the correct dosage of azithromycin to treat chlamydia when also taking Dilantin (phenytonin) for epilepsy? Is 1g okay?

No interaction: There is no interaction between these 2 medicne. So, there is no need to change or adjust Dilantin dose. Continue current dose of Dilantin which is prescribed by your neurologist.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Once a person has gotten treated with 1 dose of azithromycin powder will the chlamydia completely go away??

Maybe: Sometimes there are antibiotic resistant organisms that are not cleared by Azithromycin Rx. The best course of action is to ALWAYS go back to the MD for a repeat Chlamydial culture to be certain the treatment is effectively completed before engaging in any further sexual encounters.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I took 1 gram azithromycin for 3 days to treat chlamydia. Is that would treat it and what the aide effects?

I took 1 gram azithromycin for 3 days to treat chlamydia. Is that would treat it and what the aide effects?

YES: If you have not had any side effects by now (nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, allergic rash), you will be fine. The medicine is effective therapy for Chlamydia.

Dr. Scott Hacking Dr. Hacking
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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Positive for chlamydia. Treated with two tablets of azithromycin, still have symptoms after 7 days. What's going on?

Chlamydia: Sometimes the 1 day treatment of azithromycin doesn't work. A longer duration treatment with a different antibiotic may be needed.

Dr. Amy Bruner Dr. Bruner
Gynecology
24 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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If I take an entire gram of azithromycin today to treat my chlamydia should I still take the two leftover 250mg pills?

Shouldn't need to.: Azithromycin 1 gm all at once is very effective for treating chlamydia as long as you don't get exposed to chlamydia again soon. Make sure any partners that you have come in contact with since the last time you had a chlamydia test are informed and treated. Use condoms!

Dr. Karen Jones Dr. Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
33 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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If I was treated for chlamydia with 4 azithromycin 25omg tabs is there a chance I can still have it or should it be gone?

If I was treated for chlamydia with 4 azithromycin 25omg tabs is there a chance I can still have it or should it be gone?

Cure rate high: The cure rate for chlamydia with Azithromycin is high about 97%. So the antibiotic will work well. However make sure your partner is treated and you take all the pills to be sure.

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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. Dominic Riganotti Dr. Riganotti
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
21 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I was recently treated for chlamydia. I was prescribed 1g or azithromycin and it's been a week since I took it. Should the symptoms be gone?

I was recently treated for chlamydia. I was prescribed 1g or azithromycin and it's been a week since I took it. Should the symptoms be gone?

Uncertain: The safer bet would be doxycycline 100mg twice a day for 10 days. My issue with azithromycin is that men can be asymptomatic with active chlamydia and this may not be enough.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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.

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


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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

A sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or ...Read more