WATERLOO, Iowa – Health officials no longer recommend a key antibiotic to treat gonorrhea because of signs of bacterial resistance – CDC rescinds gonorrhea treatment endorsement

the CDC logo - Centers for Disease ControlThe change leaves only one drug proven effective for treating the sexually transmitted disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recent trends in laboratory data show the oral antibiotic cefixime, marketed under the brand name Suprax, is becoming less effective. From 2006 to 2011, a 1.5 percent increase of resistance has been reported among monitored specimens, said Kaitlin Emrich, disease surveillance program manager with the Black Hawk County Health Department.

Revised guidelines state the most effective treatment is a combination of the injectable antibiotic ceftriaxone along with one of two other oral antibiotics, azithromycin or doxycycline.

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