Azithromycin is a type of antibiotic known as a macrolide-type antibiotic. These antibiotics work by stopping protein production in bacteria, preventing them from growing and replicating. This means that a bacterial infection can no longer spread and the immune system will eventually kill it off.
As a broad-spectrum antibiotic, azithromycin is effective against a large variety of different bacteria. It is effective at treating infections in the skin, ears, soft tissue, airways, and it can also be used to treat the sexually-transmitted infection Chlamydia.
Sometimes, a doctor may take a tissue sample to ensure that a specific bacterial infection is vulnerable to azithromycin before prescribing it.
This treatment for Chlamydia can be ordered online. To place an order, you just need to complete a brief medical questionnaire. A doctor will review the order and approve treatment.
A Chlamydia test kit can be ordered here.
Options for treating Chlamydia
Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics. The two most common types of antibiotics used to treat Chlamydia are azithromycin and doxcycline. Both combat the infection in the same way, by preventing the bacteria from reproducing.
A course of antibiotics successfully treats Chlamydia 95% of the time if the prescriptions instructions are correctly followed.
The usual dosage of azithromycin to treat Chlamydia is two tablets to be taken at the same time, just once. Doxycycline is normally prescribed in a longer course, of two tablets a day for a week.
A different antibiotic may be prescribed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have had Chlamydia for a long time. Always complete a course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms appear to have gone.
If you believe you have Chlamydia, get tested right away. The test can be taken at any time, but if you have engaged in unprotected sex within two weeks before taking the test you may want to take a further test at a later time. The test is normally a simple urine or swab test.
For most people (9 out of 10), the Chlamydia is accurate. Cases of false positives or negatives are very rare. Most health clinics or GPs offer testing for free, but you can also buy a test online to be taken at home. The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) offers free testing at pharmacies for those under twenty five.
For men, the test is almost always a simple urine sample. For women, a urine test is possible but normally a swab test is used.
A doctor may suggest a swab test in the rectum or throat if you have engaged in unprotected oral or anal sex. An eyelid swab may be called for if there are symptoms present in the eyes.
If there is a very high risk of Chlamydia, for example if you have been engaging in unprotected sex with a partner who has Chlamydia, a doctor may prescribe a course of treatment before the test results return.