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What are the side effects of treatment for syphilis?

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After getting a penicillin injection or taking other antibiotics for syphilis, you may have:

If you do have side effects, they typically only last about 24 hours.

Once you’ve completed your treatment, the antibiotics will kill the bacteria that cause syphilis and prevent any additional problems from occurring because of that particular case. But it’s important to understand that the treatment can’t reverse or heal damage.

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • All of the above, plus nausea and chills

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

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