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Gonorrhea (cont.)

Gonorrhea Medications and Treatment

Previously, a class of antibiotics known as the fluoroquinolones (examples are ciprofloxacin [Cipro, Cipro XR], ofloxacin [Floxin], and levofloxacin [Levaquin]) was widely used in the treatment of gonorrheal infection. Because of increasing resistance of many tested samples of N. gonorrhoeae to the fluoroquinolone drugs, the CDC now recommends that only one class of antibiotics, the cephalosporins, be used to treat gonorrheal infections.

  • The health care practitioner may prescribe a single-dose injection of an antibiotic such as ceftriaxone (Rocephin) or a single-dose pill such as cefixime (Suprax).
  • If you are pregnant or younger than 18 years of age, the doctor will usually prescribe the shot instead of a pill.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015
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