What Is the Best Over-the-Counter Medicine for Chlamydia?

Over the counter medications cannot be used to treat chlamydia. Effective treatment for chlamydia relies on antibiotics, which are only available with a prescription.

Over-use of antibiotics in a population can lead to bacteria, including Chlamydia trachomatis, becoming resistant to the medication. In an attempt to limit the development of this problem, antibiotics are generally only available with a doctor's prescription.

If they were available over the counter, they would likely be used much more frequently, including in cases where a person did not in fact have an infection that could be treated with an antibiotic -- leading to the development of resistant strains. In fact, even with antibiotics only available of prescription, experts believe that doctors currently prescribe antibiotics far too readily, contributing to the problem of resistance. The only antibiotics available without prescription are topical (for application to the skin).

Treatment for chlamydia is quite simple but you will need to see a healthcare professional to obtain it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a range of antibiotics -- in most cases, either azithromycin (a single dose of a tablet) or doxycycline (a tablet twice a day for seven days).

You also need to see a healthcare professional to have your condition accurately diagnosed -- the symptoms of several other sexually transmitted infections are quite similar to those of chlamydia.

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