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Chlamydia

My boyfriend was treated with Oxytetracycline tablets. I googled Oxytetracycline and it said that this antibiotic is used for chest infections and respiratory infections caused by chlamydia. Does it mean because he was given these antibiotics that he had chest infection because of chlamydia?

Asked by anonymous
10th June 2009 (in Health)

Tags: chlamydia sti

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Oxytetracycline is part of a group of medications that are collectively are called Tetracyclines which are broad spectrum antibiotics. Oxytetracycline is still the antibiotic of choice for many Doctors in the treatment of many forms of infections, as there are very rarely any side effects.



A broad spectrum antibiotic is one that can be used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, and is often used as they have a well proven track record in the treatment of both individual infections and more wide ranging infections.



Within the Tetracycline group is a range of antibiotics that can be used, some are more specifically targeted than others, but all treat Chlamydia effectively as well as respitory infections, so the fact that Oxytetracycline was prescribed may well just be because the Doctor prescribing them, prefers them.



So yes it is possible that the person being treated may have a respiratory co-infection, but it is more likely that the Oxytetracycline was give just to target the repsiritory infection.

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Answered by team member Tim
14th December 2009

Is it possible that this medication was given for a chest infection only and have nothing to do with chlamydia? Is this medicine prescribed for normal chest infections?

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Answered by anonymous
15th December 2009

Response from Men's Sexual Health:

Unfortunately it is not possible to say with any degree of accuracy. Your partners Doctor will have carried out an examination and then prescribed according to what was diagnosed at the time. All we can say with any accuracy is that Oxytetracycline is a broad spectrum anti-biotic, and can be prescribed for many infections, this does include both for respiratory infections and Chlamydia infections. However, it is unlikely that the Doctor would have prescribed a single anti-biotic to treat both a chest infection and Chlamydia, they will have prescribed to treat one or the other. I appreciate that you Googled Oxytetracycline and found the Chlamydia link, but you may be inadvertently reading much more into the prescription than actually exists (especially as a chest infection caused by Chlamydia is not that common)

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Answered by team member Tim
15th December 2009

I have been prescribed Oxytetracycline in the past to help treat my acne. I've got nothing wrong with my chest and definately don't have chlamydia. Why don't you ask him, he may just be embarassed to be suffering from acne.

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Answered by anonymous
27th January 2010

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