Infections

Gonorrhea

(The clap)

About Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease. It is most common in young adults. The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can infect the genital tract, mouth, or anus. You can get gonorrhea during vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected partner. A pregnant woman can pass it to her baby during childbirth.Gonorrhea does not always cause symptoms. In men, gonorrhea can cause pain when urinating and discharge from the penis. If untreated, it can cause problems with the prostate and testicles.In women, the early symptoms of gonorrhea often are mild. Later, it can cause bleeding between periods, pain when urinating, and increased discharge from the vagina. If untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes problems with pregnancy and infertility.Your health care provider will diagnose gonorrhea with lab tests. Treatment is with antibiotics. Treating gonorrhea is becoming more difficult because drug-resistant strains are increasing. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading gonorrhea.NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Symptoms of Gonorrhea
  • Does not always cause symptoms
  • Men: Pain when urinating, discharge from your penis, problems with the prostate or testicles
  • Women: Bleeding between periods, pain when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, pelvic inflammatory disease, problems with pregnancy and fertility

All Medications for Gonorrhea

  • Rocephin
    (ceftriaxone)
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Ceftin
    (cefuroxime axetil)
    Prescription only

    Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Injection
  • Ery-Tab
    (Erythromycin)
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • Solodyn
    (minocycline)
    Prescription only

    Solodyn (minocycline) is effective in treating a variety of bacterial infections such as acne, but it can cause permanent tooth staining, especially in an unborn baby and those who are age 8 or younger.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended-release pill
  • Vibramycin
    (doxycycline)
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release pill
    • Liquid
  • Zithromax
    (azithromycin)
    Prescription only

    Zithromax (azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available in generic form. However, it may cause headache, dizziness, or rash.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Extended-release liquid
  • Claforan
    (cefotaxime)
    Prescription only

    Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Vantin
    (cefpodoxime)
    Prescription only

    Vantin (cefpodoxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Cipro
    (ciprofloxacin)
    Prescription only

    Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
    • Extended release pill
  • Acnecycline
    (Tetracycline)
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Suprax
    (cefixime)
    Prescription only

    Suprax (cefixime) is a mild-to-moderate strength antibiotic good for treating common non-serious bacterial infections, but you have to take the full dose for it to be effective.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Oral suspension

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Gonorrhea

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

What’s your best coping strategy?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?

No tips yet for this condition, leave a tip!