Gonorrhea Treatment

A patient diagnosed with gonorrhea can easily be treated once the infection is detected at an early stage.

The commonly prescribed antibiotics for gonorrhea treatment are:

  • Ceftriaxone
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Cefixime
  • Ofloxacin
  • Levofloxacin

gonorrhea treatmentThese antibiotics are single dose. There may be a different prescription for those patients with allergies or for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Gonorrhea treatment must be done for the following people:

  1. A person who is diagnosed positive for gonorrhea.
  2. A person who has had sexual intercourse with a person who has been positive for gonorrhea, whether using latex condoms or not.
  3. A baby whose mother has been diagnosed with gonorrhea during childbirth.

While taking the necessary medications for gonorrhea, there are a few preventive measures done so that the bacteria will be successfully treated and prevented from spreading to other people:

  • Follow the appropriate time and dosage for the prescribed antibiotics.
  • Do not have any sexual activities while on medications.
  • Wait for at least one week before having any sexual activities.

After the prescribed medications are done and the patient still notices the symptoms of gonorrhea, the gonorrhea bacteria might be resistant to those antibiotics. This means that the bacteria cannot be treated by those specific antibiotics. If this happens, a gonorrhea culture is usually done to test whether the antibiotics taken by the patient are really resistant to gonorrhea bacteria. One resistant antibiotic that has been newly discovered is Penicillin and this is not used anymore to treat gonorrhea.

Once a patient is successfully treated for gonorrhea, there is still a possibility of getting a re-infection. To avoid this, the following should be done:

  1. Sexual partners should also be treated for gonorrhea.
  2. Avoid having multiple sex partners.
  3. Always use a latex condom properly every time you have sex.