Will Penicillin Cure Chlamydia?

Penicillin is not used in the treatment of chlamydia. However a range of other antibiotics can effectively cure chlamydia, in some cases only requiring a single dose.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection and is treated with antibiotic medications. They kill the bacteria and prevent their growth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a range of antibiotics for its treatment, in particular azithromycin (a single dose) and doxycycline (twice a day for seven days). These are not forms of penicillin.

Occasionally, doctors may recommend that pregnant women take amoxicillin, which is a specific type of penicillin. Some of the brand names for amoxicillin include Amoxil, Trimox and Moxilin. However it will only be prescribed to women who are unable to use azithromycin, which is generally a more effective medication.

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