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Reviewed by Ruthann Cunningham, MD, June 2, 2017
The good news is that gonorrhea can be cured.
Once you are diagnosed with gonorrhea, the good news is that is can be
easily and effectively cured with antibiotics. The antibiotics most often
prescribed to kill the bacteria that causes gonorrhea are
doxycycline. Other recommended
treatments include single doses of
ceftriaxone or cefixime.
Yes, you can get gonorrhea again. That's why it's important your partners
get tested and treated if they are infected, too. It's important to
follow your doctor's instructions and always practice safe sex.
Pregnant women can take antibiotics, too.
Gonorrhea infections in pregnant women put
the fetus at risk.It is is
the leading cause of prenatal (before baby's birth) pneumonia and
conjunctivitis (pink eye) in newborns.A
pregnant woman with gonorrhea is at increased risk of miscarriage.It can also lead to infant mortality
(death) or blindness and can be passed from mother to baby at birth.
Any pregnant woman should be seen and examined by her obstetrician who will
then determine the safest antibiotic for treatment.