If you've been diagnosed with chlamydia, you can order your chlamydia treatment online.
To place your order, fill in our short medical questionnaire. Our doctor will review your request and approve appropriate treatment. Prescription and delivery are included.
The most recent medical guidelines no longer recommend Azithromycin for the treatment of Chlamydia. At Zava, we only offer the top clinically recommended treatment for Chlamydia, which is now Doxycycline. Making sure our patients get the best care is always our number one concern.
If you need a chlamydia test kit, you can order it from Zava.
How long it takes to work?
You are at risk of passing Chlamydia on for up to seven days after you complete the course.
Not suitable if you are pregnant, have liver problems, kidney disease, asthma or are allergic to sulfites. Doxycycline can affect your contraceptive pill. Speak to the doctor about this if you are taking it.
Possible side effects include mild rash if exposed to too much sunlight (photosensitivity).
No longer recommended
Azithromycin is no longer recommended as an option for the first-line treatment of chlamydia, instead only Doxycycline advised. This is because there is increasing bacterial resistance to Azithromycin and also because it is not as good as Doxycycline at clearing chlamydia infection from the rectum (back passage/bum).
Azithromycin used to be one of the recommended treatments for chlamydia but this has now changed. In September 2018 the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV released guidelines explaining that Azithromycin is no longer recommended for treating chlamydia because of increasing bacterial resistance to it. Now the only recommended first-line treatment for chlamydia is doxycycline.
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. You get it by having unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral); or from your genitals coming into contact with a sexual partner’s genitals; or from sharing sex toys without washing them or covering them with a condom each time they are used. It is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis that lives in semen and vaginal fluids.
Chlamydia normally infects the genitals, but it can also infect the rectum, eyes or throat.
Risk if untreated – if left untreated, Chlamydia can cause very serious health problems. In women this includes pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility (not being able to have children) and increased risk of miscarriage. In men, Chlamydia can result in infertility (not being able to have children), swollen testicles (orchitis), and reactive arthritis (inflammation of the joints).
Simple antibiotic treatment – you can treat Chlamydia very easily with a single course of antibiotics. These antibiotics limit the infection and stop it reproducing, so that your body’s immune system can fight off the infection.
95% of people who take their antibiotics according to the instructions on the prescription find that this successfully gets rid of the Chlamydia infection.
Treatment can be different for certain people – your doctor might suggest a different type of antibiotic if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you seem to have had Chlamydia for a long time. You must complete the course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms seem to have cleared up.
Telephone consultation – if you would like personalised advice or have any questions about chlamydia, you can book a telephone consultation with one of our doctors.
Side effects – occasionally, you might get a rash as a side effect from doxycycline if you are exposed to too much sunlight.
Alternative treatments – your doctor might suggest a different type of antibiotic if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you seem to have had Chlamydia for a long time. Ofloxacin and Erythromycin are other common antibiotics.
Contacting partners – if a test shows that you’ve got Chlamydia, you should contact recent sexual partners (anyone from the last six months) and let them know. The NHS has specialist sexual health advisors who can help you do this, or who can offer to do it for you if you’d prefer not to have the conversation yourself.
Yes, you can still pass on Chlamydia even if you are being treated – this is because the treatment hasn’t killed off enough of the bacteria to make you non-contagious.
Having sex – we don’t recommend that you have sex, even with a condom, for a week after you finish your treatment. This might mean that you wait until a week after your seven day course of Doxycycline has finished. If your partner also has Chlamydia, you shouldn’t have sex until seven days after you have both finished the treatment. Otherwise, you risk catching/passing on the infection again.
If you do decide to have sex in the first week of treatment anyway, use a condom and take other measures (such as washing sex toys before sharing) to prevent transmitting the infection.
You should take the tablets exactly as they have been prescribed – if you are on a seven-day course, try to take them at around the same time every day. If you think you are likely to forget to take tablets twice a day for a week, you could ask for a one-day course of treatment.
Avoid sex – to look after yourself, you should not have sex, even with a condom, within 7 days of finishing the Chlamydia treatment. This increases the chance of you passing it on or catching it again. Try to eat normally and drink lots of fluids to help your body fight off the infection.
Improving any symptoms – most people don’t notice any symptoms when they get Chlamydia. You might have noticed some pain (especially when urinating) or abnormal bleeding (if you are a woman), however. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen if the pain bothers you. Make sure you read and follow the instructions of these over-the-counter painkillers.
When to get more help – if you take the full course of antibiotics, the Chlamydia infection should clear up after a week. Go to a sexual health clinic or seek advice from a nurse or doctor if any of these things happen:
- You have sex, even with a condom, within a week of your Chlamydia treatment
- You miss a tablet
- You were pregnant when you started treatment
- The symptoms of Chlamydia didn’t stop a week after your treatment