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Chlamydia

The NHS offer treatment for chlamydia free of charge in London, for certain patient groups.

If the following apply, you can come into the pharmacy to talk to the pharmacist about obtaining the antibiotic used in the treatment of chlamydia. You

  • have a laboratory confirmed, positive diagnosis of uncomplicated genital chlamydia
  • are asymptomatic sexual contacts of someone with a positive diagnosis of chlamydia.

Sexually active individuals are at risk of sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia  is the most prevalent bacterial infection. Genital chlamydia infection can cause considerable short and long term morbidity.

Complications of chlamydia infection include

  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • ectopic pregnancy and tubal infertility in females
  • epidydymoorchitis in males, and reactive arthritis.

Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic which is the first line of treatment in chlamydia infections.

  • Symptoms suggestive of an STI without a confirmed chlamydia diagnosis.
  • Suspected complicated chlamydia infection characterised by some of the following:
    • Testicular pain and/or swelling in males
    • Lower abdominal/pelvic pain,
    • Deep dyspareunia in females
    • Ano-rectal symptoms such as rectal discharge, bleeding, and/or pain. •
  • Known allergy to azithromycin, erythromycin, clarithromycin or any macrolide or ketolide antibiotic
  • Known anaphylactic hypersensitivity to any of the excipients.
  • Renal Impairment / Hepatic impairment.
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Weigh less than 45kg.
  • Pregnant or suspected pregnancy.
  • Breast feeding
  • Known heart arrhythmia
  • Bradycardia or severe cardiac insufficiency
  • Congenital or documented acquired QT prolongation
  • Taking medicines that interact with Azithromycin

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