Doxycycline for Chlamydia
Buy Doxycycline Antibiotics for Chlamydia
Chlamydia can usually be effectively treated (95% of the time) with antibiotics, such as doxycycline. Doxycycline is the British Association for Sexual Health (BASHH) top recommended treatment for chlamydia.
Doxycycline for chlamydia treatment is given as two capsules a day for a week long course.
You can buy Doxycycline antibiotics online if you or a partner have tested positive for chlamydia from our convenient online doctors service.
To order Doxycycline just complete our brief medical quesitonnaire and our doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.
14 capsule(s) - £18.00
Doxycycline for Chlamydia
How do I take Doxycycline?
Doxycyline is a 7 day antibiotic to treat chlamydia.
It is taken twice per day for 7 days and sexual contact must be avoided for 7 days after.
Common side effects of Doxycycline
Common side effects include:
- Tummy pain
- Itchy skin
Doxycycline belongs to a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. It is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics to treat Chlamydia.
It's also used to treat other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and other infections such as chest infections, skin infections, rosacea, dental infections as well as many other rare infections. Doxycycline can also be used to prevent malaria if you’re travelling abroad.
Doxycycline may also be known as the brand name, Vibramycin D.
It is an antibiotic that stops the spread of bacteria causing Chlamydia by preventing them from producing the proteins they need for survival.
If Doxycycline is taken correctly, there is over 95% chance that it will cure Chlamydia.
No, it does not protect or prevent you from getting chlamydia again. Doxycycline will only treat your Chlamydia as a one-off occasion so it is very important to practice safe sex methods after you have been treated.
Yes, you can get Doxycycline online with Zava, provided you are suitable for treatment. You would need to tell us how you know you need Chlamydia treatment.
To place an order, fill in our brief consultation questionnaire. Our doctor will review your request and check whether Chlamydia treatment is suitable for you. Once your order has been approved, we will dispense and post your medication.
Advantages to getting treatment with Zava are that we offer a discreet, simple and fast service.
We also have different delivery options to suit you, which you can choose at the checkout. Delivery options may vary depending on the pack size and dosage chosen. We also offer a free delivery service.
Doxycycline is a prescription only antibiotic. You can also get treatment from your GP or local sexual health or genito-urinary (GUM) clinic.
The only way of knowing you have Chlamydia is to get tested. It is important not to leave chlamydia untreated as it can cause serious long term problems such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
You will be eligible for treatment if you have tested positive after getting tested either at home, from your GP or local GUM/sexual health clinic and your doctor has confirmed your infection. You would also be eligible if you have had unprotected sex with a partner who has a confirmed Chlamydia infection.
You won’t be able to get treatment if you have had unprotected sex with a partner whose STI status you are unsure of or you have symptoms alone.
You can order a home testing kit from us or get tested from:
- Zava's Chlamydia home test kit
- Your GP surgery
- A sexual health clinic
- A genitourinary clinic (GUM)
- Most contraceptive or young people’s clinic
- Some pharmacies
Abortion, antenatal or gynaecology services may also offer women a Chlamydia test.
Local councils also pay for free testing in men and women under the age of 25 in their area, as part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP). They may also locally advertise outreach testing in places such as colleges, youth clubs or military bases.
You can also order a free NHS home self-testing kit. This is available online only in certain areas from www.nhs.uk.
Anyone male or female, who has uncomplicated genital or rectal Chlamydia and has been found suitable for Doxycycline treatment by a qualified doctor can take it.
You should not take doxycycline if you have any of the following:
- Allergy to Doxycycline or any other of its excipients or any other tetracycline
- Breast feeding
- Enamel hypoplasia – a defect in the teeth which is caused by hard enamel
- Children under 12 years
- Sucrose or fructose intolerance
- Rare hereditary problems with glucose galactose malabsorption or sucrose-isomaltase deficiency
Speak to your doctor before taking Doxycycline if you have any of the following,
- Are likely to be exposed to strong sunlight or ultraviolet light such as using a sunbed
- Liver problems or are taking medicines which affect your liver
- Severe kidney problems
- Oesophagitis – an inflamed food pipe
- Myasthenia gravis – a disease that causes unusual tiredness and weakness of muscles, particularly in the eyelid
- Porphyria – a rare disease of blood pigments
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) – a condition characterised by a rash, hair loss, fever and joint pain
Diarrhoea or are having problems with your stomach or intestines – if you develop severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or after using Doxycycline tell your doctor immediately since it may be necessary to interrupt your treatment. This may be a sign of bowel inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) that can occur with taking antibiotics.
Some medicines interact with Doxycycline and should not be taken together. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further advice if you are taking any of the following:
- Penicillin antibiotics
- Rifamipicin – used to treat tuberculosis
- Anticoagulants such as warfarin
- Quinapril – used to treat high blood pressure
- Kaolin – used to treat diarrhoea
- Sucralfate – used to treat and prevent stomach ulcers
- Barbiturates such as phenobarbital
- Ergotamine or methysergide – used to treat migraines or headaches
- Typhoid vaccine
- Antiepileptics such as carbamazepine or phenytoin
- Ciclosporin – used to adjust the body’s immune response following organ transplants
- Methoxyflurane – an anaesthetic
- Methotrexate – used to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or cancer
- Retinoids – used to treat various skin conditions
- Antacids (indigestion tablets or liquids) containing aluminium, calcium, magnesium or other medicines containing iron, bismuth or zinc salts, should not be taken at the same time as Doxycycline as its absorption can be reduced.
Doxycycline will not affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you think you feel unwell after taking the medication, do not put yourself and others at risk.
Do not drink alcohol whilst taking Doxycycline as it can increase the risk of side effects and liver problems.
Based on your Chlamydia test results, your medical history and other medicines you are taking your doctor will assess if it is the right treatment for you.
Like all medicines, Doxycycline can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you think you are having side effects from Doxycycline, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. They will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment. This might be:
- Stopping your course of treatment
- Suggesting an alternative antibiotic like Azithromycin
- Taking an antihistamine to help ease symptoms of a mild allergic reaction
- Taking a simple painkiller to help ease symptoms of a headache
- Keeping well hydrated and eating simple non-rich meals to ease symptoms of sickness or indigestion
- Inflammation and/or ulcers of the gastrointestinal tract (symptoms may include sore mouth or difficulty swallowing)
- Loss of appetite
- Tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing noise in your ear
- Soreness and itching of your genitals or rectal area
- Yeast infection around your genitals or anus
If any of these uncommon side effects persist or are troublesome you should see your doctor.
If you experience any of the side effects listed below, tell your doctor as soon as possible:
- Severe skin reactions such as erythema multiforme (circular, irregular red patches), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (rash with flushing, fever, blisters or ulcers), toxic epidermal necrolysis (reddening, peeling and swelling that resembles burns)
- Sensitivity to sunlight – you can get a skin rash, itching, redness or severe sunburn when out in sunlight or after using a sun bed
- Loosening of the nail from the nail bed after exposure to the sun – this could be a reaction called photo-onycholysis
- Severe headaches, blurred and/or double vision, blind spots, permanent loss of vision
- Bulging fontanelles (soft spot on head)
- Swollen tongue, severe watery or bloody diarrhoea, fever and painful stomach cramps (pseudomembranous colitis)
- Discolouration or underdevelopment of teeth
- Low blood pressure or fainting
- Joint or muscle pain
- Fast heart rate or palpitations
- Blood disorders or porphyria
- Discolouration of the thyroid tissue (does not affect thyroid function)
- Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)
- Liver failure
Side effects which are exceptionally rare and have only been reported in a few cases include,
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or white of the eyes)
- Black hairy tongue
- Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) – a rare drug reaction characterised by a skin rash, fever and blood abnormalities
- Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction – this is usually self-limiting and causes fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and a skin rash. It occurs shortly after starting Doxycycline treatment.
If you notice any of the side effects above, or any changes which have occurred after treatment, inform your doctor right away. Similarly, you should not take any medicines to relieve your side effects, such as diarrhoea, without consulting your doctor first.
Very rarely, a severe allergic reaction to Doxycycline can occur. If you experience any signs such as a severe rash, difficulty breathing or wheezing, swelling of the tongue, eyelids or face, seek immediate medical attention from your nearest A & E department.
Treatment for Chlamydia with Doxycycline is usually a short term one-off treatment for one week. Some studies have shown that taking it long term has not been found to be associated with any more complications compared to taking a short course.
- Some long term side effects may include,
- Discolouration or underdevelopment of your teeth
- Gaining weight
- Discolouration of your thyroid tissue (this does not affect thyroid function)
Please see the patient information leaflet provided with your medicine for a full list of contraindications, interactions and side effects.
Kent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (2009). Doxycyclin 100mg: patient information leaflet. [online]. EMC. Available at https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4063/smpc [accessed 27 September 2018]
NHS (2018). Medicine information about Doxycycline. [online]. NHS, Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/doxycycline/ [accessed 27th September 2018].
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2018). Drug guidelines of Doxycycline. [online]. NICE. Available at: https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/doxycycline.html#indicationsAndDoses [accessed 27th September 2018].