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Treatments for Syphilis

Treatments for Syphilis:

Treatment of syphilis starts with prevention. Prevention measures include seeking regular medical care throughout a lifetime. Regular medical care allows a health care professional to best evaluate a person's individual risks of catching syphilis and regularly test for the disease. These measures greatly increase the chances of catching and curing syphilis in its earliest stage before serious complications occur.

Other preventive measures include abstaining from sexual activity or having sex only within a mutually monogamous relationship in which neither partner is infected with syphilis or another sexually transmitted disease. Latex condoms also provide some protection when used properly.

Treatment for primary syphilis (the first stage of syphilis) is a single intramuscular injection of the antibiotic penicillin. More doses of penicillin may be required for people who have had syphilis for more than a year. It is also important to abstain from sexual activity until all chancre sores are healed and a licensed health care provider has determined that the infection is cured. It is also important to notify and treat all sexual partners of the syphilis infection, even if they have no symptoms.

Treatment List for Syphilis

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Syphilis includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Penicillin
  • Injected penicillin
  • Other antibiotics - if allergic to penicillin
  • Repetition of blood tests - to ensure treatment successful; see tests for syphilis
  • Early syphilis (Primary, secondary or latent <1yr)
    • Penicillin - Benzathine penicillin IM as a single dose or Procaine penicillin IM daily for 10 days
    • Other antibiotics - if allergic to penicillin. Doxycycline or Erythromycin
    • Repetition of blood tests - to ensure treatment successful; see tests for syphilis
    • Contact tracing and treatment of partners
  • Late syphilis (Tertiary syphilis, neurosyphilis, syphilis >1yr or unknown duration)
  • Asymptomatic
    • Benzathine penicillin IM weekly for 3 doses, or procaine penicillin daily for 15 days
    • Repetition of blood tests - to ensure treatment successful; see tests for syphilis
    • Contact tracing and treatment of partners
  • Symptomatic
    • IV Crystalline penicillin for 10-14 days or IM procaine penicillin plus probenecid daily

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Syphilis:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Syphilis include:

  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • Azithromycin
  • Zithromax
  • Clarithromycin
  • Biaxin
  • Biaxin XL
  • Biaxin XL Pac
  • Erythromycin
  • Apo-Erythro Base
  • Apo-Erythro E-C
  • Apo-Erytrho-ES
  • Apo-Erythro-S
  • E.E.S
  • E.E.S. 200
  • E.E.S. 400
  • E-Mycin Controlled Release
  • E-MycinE
  • E-Mycin 333
  • Eramycin
  • Erybid
  • ERYC
  • EryPed
  • Eryphar
  • Ery-Tab
  • Erythrocin
  • Erythromid
  • Ethril
  • ETS-2%
  • Ilosone
  • Ilotycin
  • Novo-Rythro
  • PCE
  • Pediamycin
  • Pediazole
  • PMS-Erythromycin
  • Robimycin
  • SK-Erythromycin
  • Wyamycin E
  • Wyamycin S
  • Penicillin G Benzathine
  • Bicillin L-A
  • Bencelin
  • Benzanil
  • Benzetacil

Hospital statistics for Syphilis:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Syphilis:

  • 0.0001% (15) of hospital consultant episodes were for early syphilis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis early syphilis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis early syphilis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Discussion of treatments for Syphilis:

Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

Syphilis usually is treated with penicillin, administered by injection. Other antibiotics can be used for patients allergic to penicillin. A person usually can no longer transmit syphilis 24 hours after beginning therapy. Some people, however, do not respond to the usual doses of penicillin. Therefore, it is important that people being treated for syphilis have periodic blood tests to check that the infectious agent has been completely destroyed. Persons with neurosyphilis may need to be retested for up to two years after treatment. In all stages of syphilis, proper treatment will cure the disease, but in late syphilis, damage already done to body organs cannot be reversed. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Syphilis: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Syphilis is usually treated with penicillin or other antibiotics. In all stages of syphilis, proper treatment will cure the disease, but in late syphilis, damage already done to body organs cannot be reversed. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis: NWHIC)

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