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Can I Get Chlamydia Treatment Over The Counter

writtenByWritten by: Tessa Chatham Registered Nurse
Tessa Chatham Registered Nurse

Tessa Chatham Registered Nurse

Tessa is a MSN prepared Registered Nurse with 10 years of critical care experience in healthcare. When not practicing clinical nursing, she enjoys academic writing and is passionate about helping those affected by medical aliments live healthy lives.

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January 28, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

Can You Get Antibiotics For Chlamydia Over The Counter? 

No, you cannot get antibiotics for chlamydia treatment over the counter.

The first line of treatment for chlamydia is a prescription antibiotic called azithromycin. Those who are allergic to azithromycin will likely be prescribed another common antibiotic called doxycycline. 

Azithromycin and doxycycline are both prescription medications and are not available over the counter. Because they have side effects and certain contraindications with other medications and medical conditions it is crucial that you meet with a doctor to ensure they are safe for you to take. 

Can I Buy Chlamydia Treatment Over The Counter?

Wondering if you can get chlamydia medicine over the counter?

There is currently no chlamydia treatment available over the counter, you will need to meet with a doctor before getting chlamydia treatment. This is to confirm your chlamydia diagnosis and ensure that antibiotic treatment is safe for you. 

Even though prescription medication for chlamydia is not available over the counter that does not mean it’s hard to get treatment.

You can meet with a board-certified online doctor today for as little as 15 minutes and get antibiotics sent to your local pharmacy. The average appointment lasts 15 minutes and 97% of conditions are treated on the first visit. 

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How is Chlamydia Treated? 

Treatment of chlamydia is the same for men and women.

Prescription antibiotics are currently the only way to get rid of chlamydia

The two approved antibiotic treatments for chlamydia are:

These medications are not available over the counter and require a prescription from a doctor.

In special instances, if a partner is being treated with antibiotics for chlamydia, a pharmacist can prescribe azithromycin for the other partner to treat asymptomatic symptoms.

Otherwise, doctors prescribe these medications and guide treatment plans.

What’s the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Chlamydia?

The main treatment for chlamydia is antibiotics. Azithromycin and doxycycline are the two prescription medications used to treat chlamydia, they will get rid of it the fastest. 

Taking these antibiotics properly can completely cure chlamydia in about 1 week. Treatment might involve taking a single pill, or it might involve taking medicine for a whole week. 

No matter what, make sure you take all the pills your doctor prescribes. Otherwise the infection might come back. 

Get Chlamydia Treatment Online 

The board certified doctors at PlushCare commonly prescribe antibiotics to treat chlamydia. If you have chlamydia don’t delay your treatment, you can get a prescription sent to your local pharmacy today. 

The doctor will work with you to determine the best medication for you to take and will check on you to ensure the care plan is working.

You can book an appointment here, or download the free PlushCare mobile app. The average appointment lasts just 15 minutes and 97% of conditions are successfully treated on the first visit.

Read on to learn more about chlamydia. 

How to Prevent Chlamydia 

Below are some ways to prevent chlamydia

  • Use condoms every time you have sex
  • Discuss testing for sexually transmitted infections with your doctor or nurse
  • Ask if you are due for your annual chlamydia screening
  • See your doctor or nurse if you have any symptoms of chlamydia or another infection
  • Do not have sex if you or your sexual partner has abnormal discharge, burning with urination, or a genital rash or sore

What is Chlamydia? 

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. Chlamydia infections are caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia infections can cause mild to severe symptoms. 

However, most people have no symptoms at all. This means that it is easy to spread the infection without ever knowing you are infected.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women

In women, 90% don’t show symptoms but those who do have symptoms report the following:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Burning or pain with urination

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men

In men, 70% of men with chlamydia do not report symptoms, but those that have symptoms report the following:

  • Burning or pain with urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain or tenderness of the testicles
  • Swelling in the scrotum

If you have any of the above symptoms or know that you’ve been exposed to chlamydia it’s important you get STD testing and seek treatment even if you are not showing symptoms.

Book an appointment with an online doctor for fast and affordable treatment here. 

Read More About Chlamydia 

Sources:

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Infectious disease. (2018). U.S. Pharmacist Journal. Pharmacists, prescribers often don’t follow STD partner therapy guidelines. Retrieved from https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/pharmacists-prescribers-often-dont-follow-std-partner-therapy-guidelines

Pharmaceutical Society Publication. (2008). Azithromycin to be available over the counter for chlamydia treatment. The Pharmaceutical Journal. Retrieved from https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/azithromycin

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