Chlamydia is usually treated with a course of antibiotics. There are two main types: 

  • Doxycycline — two capsules a day for seven days 
  • Azithromycin — a 1g dose, followed by two 500mg tablets over two days

Doxycycline is the most commonly prescribed in the UK, with azithromycin used as an alternative for patients who aren’t able to tolerate doxycycline. 

To prevent the infection being passed on we recommend that you avoid having sex until you have completed your course of treatment (or up to a week after if you have taken azithromycin).

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 06, 2021 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 21, 2022 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm