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Gonorrhoea treatment

Antibiotic treatment available for next day delivery

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Confidential Gonorrhoea Treatment Service

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How can Anytime Doctor help me?

We provide this regulated, specialist service for people who have tested positive for gonorrhoea, patients who have a sexual partner who has gonorrhoea or people who recognise the symptoms of gonorrhoea after having had a previous episode in the past. If you are in any doubt have a postal test before requesting treatment.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are confidential (we do not inform your GP) and allow you to get tested and treated within the privacy of your home and without the potential embarrassment of a face-to-face doctor consultation or the inconvenience of lengthy waiting rooms.

Please note: Because of the possibility of bacterial resistance to cefixime, the first choice of treatment for gonorrhoea is usually a single intra-muscular injection of an antibiotic called ceftriaxone 500-mg. The Anytime Doctor Online Doctor Service is unable to offer this treatment as it cannot safely be self-administered. To obtain the injection treatment please visit your local NHS (GUM) sexual health clinic.

How does the Anytime Doctor service work?

Step 1: Register online and complete the free online medical questionnaire consultation. A GMC-registered doctor will review your questionnaire and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. You do not pay for your doctor consultation.

Step 2: If you are approved for treatment you will be sent a text message asking you to log back into your secure patient record. You can pay for your gonorrhoea treatment using a debit or credit card.

Step 3: Order before 4pm Monday to Friday and our partner UK Pharmacy will aim to dispense and despatch your medicine in that day's post using Royal Mail Special Delivery for delivery before 1pm the next working day. Your medicine can be delivered to your work or home address, someone needs to sign for the delivery but it does not have to be you.

Why are there no prices shown for the Anytime Doctor treatment services?

At Anytime Doctor, we aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation and receive a diagnosis by a licensed doctor before you are offered treatment options. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your registration and medical consultation is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

What are the potential side-effects (contraindications) of this gonorrhoea treatment?

All medication and antibiotics can cause side effects. Your gonorrhoea treatment can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or an allergic rash. The leaflet accompanying the treatment will list some of the rarer side-effects.

When answering your medical questionnaire for gonorrhoea treatment it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before they prescribe you treatment.

How effective is this gonorrhoea treatment?

For uncomplicated gonorrhoea oral cefixime is very effective. Due to gonorrhoea drug resistance within the UK, six weeks after you have finished your course of treatment for gonorrhoea you must take a gonorrhoea test to check whether you still have gonorrhoea ("Test-of-Cure"). Testing prior to six weeks may give a false positive test result.

Because of the possibility of bacterial resistance to cefixime, the first choice of treatment for gonorrhoea is usually a single intra-muscular injection of an antibiotic called ceftriaxone 500-mg. The Anytime Doctor Online Doctor Service is unable to offer this treatment as it cannot safely be self-administered. To obtain the injection treatment please visit your local NHS (GUM) sexual health clinic.

Dual therapy for gonorrhoea and chlamydia infections:

Patients infected with gonorrhoea are frequently co-infected with chlamydia; this finding has led to the UK best practise recommendation that patients treated for gonorrhoea infection also be treated routinely for chlamydia. You will need to take both the gonorrhoea and chlamydia treatments together as instructed by your doctor.

Gonorrhoea treatment - unlicensed medication:

You should be aware that under the NHS, cefixime treatment for gonorrhoea is an unlicensed medication. Gonorrhoea can be resistant to the standard NHS treatment especially if the infection has been caught in south-east Asia or Africa. However, if your doctor thinks it is safe to do so they will prescribe cefixime.

Who should not use this particular gonorrhoea treatment service?

The one day gonorrhoea treatment service is not suitable for patients who are allergic to cefixime and azithromycin.
The seven day gonorrhoea treatment service is not suitable for patients who are allergic to cefixime and doxycycline.

You should not request this treatment service if you are pregnant, breast feeding or if you suffer from liver or kidney disease. If you fall into one of these categories, please attend your nearest GUM clinic or your GP for a face-to-face consultation.

Alternate treatment options

Gonorrhoea can also be treated by injecting antibiotics into a patient; this particular treatment service is not available via Anytime Doctor's postal clinic.

How long must you wait after your gonorrhoea treatment to have sex?

You must not have unprotected sex for at least six weeks after you have finished your course of gonorrhoea treatment.

Looking after your gonorrhoea treatment:

This treatment is for YOU only. Do not give it to others. It may not suit them.

Do not take this medicine after the expiry date stamped on the pack.

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Where can you find out more information?

Anytime Doctor's Health Library provides a comprehensive resource on all services offered through Anytime Doctor. The Health Library also contains references and links to reputable organisations such as: NHS Direct (UK), FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), NetDoctor (UK), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), Department of Health (UK) and the Health Protection Agency (UK).
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