The physician then changes the dose and gives a better fighting dose against the bacteria. However, if the symptoms persist then one should go in for a retest to determine weather there is bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. An early treatment is simple and effective for the treatment of gonorrhea. A single dose of Cipro (500mg), Levaquin (500mg) and Tequin (400 mg) is prescribed.
All sexual contact while one is being treated should be avoided. Anyone under the medication of a single dose should not have any sexual contact for 7 days after treatment to give the medicine time to work. Many people who have gonorrhea also have chlamydia, a similar sexually transmitted disease. When both infections are present, medicine treatment includes antibiotics that are effective in treating both chlamydia and gonorrhea.
As drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea continue to emerge, successful treatment of this sexually transmitted disease (STD) is becoming more difficult. In the late 1980s, gonorrhea became resistant to penicillin and tetracycline, rendering these drugs ineffective. As a result, since 1989, fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin are being used in the treatment for gonorrhea. Exposed sex partners need treatment whether they have symptoms or not. They should seek immediate medical treatment once it comes out that their partner has gonorrhea as it will prevent the spread of, or re-infection with, gonorrhea.
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