Treatment

Treatment of Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is curable. Patients typically take antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro® or Cipro XR®), ofloxacin (Floxin®), and levofloxacin (Levaquin®).

Babies with gonorrhea also receive antibiotics. In addition, medication, such as silver nitrate, is usually applied to the baby’s eyes immediately after birth. This has been shown to help prevent the infection from spreading into the eyes.

Even if symptoms go away, medications should not be stopped early because the bacteria may still be present in the body. If the medication is stopped too early, the remaining bacteria in the body may mutate and become resistant to treatment. Once the bacterium is resistant to a medication, the antibiotic is no longer effective.

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