To treat gonorrhea, you need antibiotics. The usual treatment involves a combination of an antibiotic that is taken as an injection (called Ceftriaxone) and another antibiotic that is taken as a tablet (called Azithromycin).
You only need a single dose of each drug. A doctor or nurse will give you the injection and provide the tablet to take, usually in his or her presence. Over-the-counter versions of these antibiotics are not available.
If gonorrhea has been causing you any signs or symptoms, you should notice an improvement quite quickly. Discharge or pain when you urinate should improve within 2-3 days. Discharge and discomfort in the rectum should improve within 2-3 days. Bleeding between periods or heavier periods that have been caused by gonorrhea should have improved by your next period.
Pelvic pain and pain in the testicles should start to improve quickly but may take up to two weeks to go away.
If you have pelvic pain, pain during sex or other symptoms that do not improve, go back to your medical provider. It may be necessary to have some further treatment or to investigate other possible causes of the pain or symptoms.
You should wait seven days after taking the antibiotics before having sex. If you have had symptoms, you should wait seven days after them clearing up before having sex. Your sexual partner or partners may need to have treatment as well.
If you have sex before seven days, there is a risk that you could spread gonorrhea to your partner or partners.
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