Gonorrhea - Medications
Antibiotics, if taken exactly as directed,
gonorrhea infections. If antibiotics are not taken
properly, the infection will not be cured. Prompt antibiotic treatment also
prevents the spread of the infection and decreases complications, such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
all sexual contact while you are being treated for a sexually transmitted
infection (STI). People taking a single dose of medicine should not have any
sexual contact for 7 days after treatment to give the medicine time to work.
Exposed sex partners need treatment whether they have symptoms or not.
What to think about
There is an increasing number of strains of gonorrhea that can't be killed by (are resistant to) certain antibiotics. If your doctor finds that your gonorrhea is resistant to
the drug you are taking, he or she might prescribe another antibiotic to cure
the infection. If you continue to have symptoms after you have been treated for
gonorrhea, you will need to be retested with a
gonorrhea culture to find out whether there is
bacterial resistance to the antibiotic you were taking.
doctor if symptoms continue or new symptoms develop 3 to 4 weeks after
Treatment in a hospital with
intravenous (IV) medicines may be needed for women who
have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and men who have
epididymitis. In many cases, these conditions can be
treated outside of the hospital with oral antibiotics and close follow-up by
your doctor. For more information, see the topic
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.