Efficacy of various single-dose regimens of ceftriaxone in uncomplicated acute gonococcal urethritis in adult males

  • A.A. Hoosen
  • N O'Farrell
  • K.D. Coetzee
  • J van den Ende


The therapeutic efficacy of single intramuscular doses of ceftriaxone (Rocephin; Roche) (62,S, 125 and 250 mg), administered without probenecid, was evaluated in 167 adult males with uncomplicated acute gonococcal urethritis. Cure rates of 100% were achieved at 62,5 mg and 250 mg. In the 125 mg dose group, Neisseria gonorrhoeae was isolated from 1 patient at follow-up after therapy. Reinfection was suspected, since this patient returned on day 10 and admitted to sexual contact 2 days previously. Side-effects were minimal, and patient acceptance was better for ceftriaxone dissolved in lignocaine than in sterile water. Chlamydia trachomatis was detected at follow-up in 14,4% patients, confirming that ceftriaxone has no significant effect on chlamydial infection and additional treatment is necessary for patients with coexistent infection.


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