How is Gonorrhea treated?

Gonorrhea is easily treated with a single dose of the following antibiotics:

  • Ciprofloxacin (Ciloxan, Ciproxin)
  • Ofloxacin (Exocin, Tarivid)
  • Cefotaxime

Side effects of Ciprofloxacin include nausea, diarrhea, stomach ache and headache, while possible side effects associated with Ofloxacin include sickness and skin rashes. Penicillin antibiotics are now being replaced by quinolone antibiotics, due to growing resistance. If treatment is not sought, gonorrhea may result in both genders becoming sterile and will increase the risk of catching HIV.

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As highlighted above, gonorrhea is a very infectious STD, which often causes no symptoms and requires antibiotic treatment. The best prevention method (apart from abstinence) to protect against gonorrhea and other STDs, such as chlamydia and trichomoniasis, is to always use a condom. Untreated gonorrhea can have terrible health consequences, possibly resulting in becoming unable to have children.

Recovery Time

Though gonorrhea is treated by a single dose, it can take several days longer for symptoms to disappear. If your symptoms do not go away after treatment, you should see your doctor for re-evaluation.

Sexual Activity

It is important not to have sex until your symptoms have gone away and you have completed your medication.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Gonorrhea is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single Cefixime, Ceftriaxone, or Cephalosporin.

Recovery Time

Upto 1 week. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.