11 Affordable STD Medications Available Now

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11 Affordable STD Medications Available Now

Jennifer Hadley
By Jennifer Hadley
Apr 27, 2021
Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
Medically Reviewed ByCarina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), though they are technically not the same thing. However, both sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections can be treated or managed with prescription medications. Fortunately, when you use an RxSaver coupon, STD and STI medications are very affordable. Here’s what to know about 11 affordable STD and STI medications available now.

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11 Affordable STD and STI Medications

Both antibiotic medications and antiviral medications are commonly prescribed to treat sexually transmitted diseases and infections. When using an RxSaver coupon, these commonly prescribed drugs can be very affordable. Common STD and STI medications include:

  • Acyclovir
  • Azithromycin
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Famciclovir
  • Ofloxacin
  • Penicillins
  • Tetracycline
  • Valacyclovir

What is the difference between STDs and STIs?

All sexually transmitted diseases begin as sexually transmitted infections. However, sexually transmitted infections don’t always produce symptoms. Once symptoms appear, the sexually transmitted infection becomes a sexually transmitted disease. According to the CDC, millions of new sexually transmitted diseases and infections occur each year.

Common STIs which may not produce symptoms immediately include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes simplex virus (HSV), early-stage HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Some of these may never produce symptoms, thereby remaining STIs. Others will eventually produce symptoms, becoming STDs.

Common STI Antibiotics Available with Prescription

Antibiotics are prescribed to treat sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections caused by bacteria. Here’s a look at eight common STI antibiotics available by prescription.

Azithromycin

Azithromycin is the generic form of Z-Pak (Zithromax). It is a macrolide antibiotic. Azithromycin stops the growth of bacteria. It is commonly prescribed to treat STDs such as chlamydia.

Ceftriaxone

Ceftriaxone is a commonly prescribed cephalosporin antibiotic. It stops the growth of bacteria that causes STIs such as gonorrhea. It may also be used to treat pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) caused by an STD.

Ciprofloxacin

Ciprofloxacin is a quinolone antibiotic medication. Ciprofloxacin is the generic form of the brand drugs Cipro. It is commonly prescribed to treat gonorrhea, by stopping the growth of bacteria.

Doxycycline

Doxycycline is a tetracycline antibiotic. It is prescribed to stop the growth of bacteria. It may be prescribed to treat STDs including chlamydia and syphilis.

Erythromycin

Erythromycin may be prescribed to treat chlamydia. It is a macrolide antibiotic. It stops the growth of bacteria, but will not treat an STD caused by a virus.

Ofloxacin

Ofloxacin is a quinolone antibiotic that may be prescribed as an alternative to treat chlamydia in pregnant or lactating women. It stops the growth of bacteria responsible for the infection.

Penicillin

The penicillin class of antibiotics is commonly prescribed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections including several STDs and STIs. Penicillin G Benzathine is commonly prescribed to treat syphilis. Amoxicillin, which is another type of penicillin, may also be prescribed to treat chlamydia in pregnant women who cannot tolerate azithromycin.

Tetracycline

Tetracycline may be prescribed to treat bacterial STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Fittingly, it belongs to a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It stops the growth of bacteria.

Common STD Prescription Antiviral Medications

Antiviral medications are prescribed for STDs and STIs caused by a virus. They will not work to treat a bacterial infection. Viral STDs include herpes. Here’s a look at three commonly prescribed antivirals used to treat STIs.

Acyclovir

Acyclovir is generic for the brand drug Zovirax. Acyclovir is prescribed to treat herpes. It does not cure the infection, nor prevent recurrent outbreaks. It does speed up the healing time of sores and helps decrease symptoms such as tingling or burning.

Famciclovir

Famciclovir is an antiviral that treats genital herpes and cold sores.. It can help reduce the frequency of herpes outbreaks and reduce symptoms, but it does not cure the infection.

Valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is generic Valtrex. It is commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of genital herpes and cold sores. It is an antiviral medication that can help reduce the frequency and duration of herpes outbreaks. It works by slowing the growth of the herpes virus.

RxSaver Coupon Pricing for Common STD Medications

Here’s a look at the price of common STD Medications, when you use an RxSaver coupon.

Medication Lowest Price for Common Dosages*
Acyclovir $11.62
Azithromycin $10.20
Ceftriaxone $4.89
Ciprofloxacin $86.84
Doxycycline $214.01
Erythromycin $10.25
Famciclovir $43.93
Ofloxacin $9.26
Tetracycline $69.24
Valacyclovir $31.17

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How to Save on STD Medication Cost

If you’re diagnosed with an STD or STI, ask your health care provider if a generic medication is available. Generic drugs are as safe and effective as their brand drug counterpart but cost up to 85% less.

Then, be sure to look for a prescription drug coupon on the RxSaver website or mobile app. When you type in the name of your prescription, you’ll get pricing from various pharmacies near you. Simply show the coupon when you pick up your prescription to save up to 85% on more than 6,000 prescription medications.

Acyclovir: 400 mg / 30 tablets

Azithromycin: 250 mg / 6 tablets

Ceftriaxone: 250 mg / 1 vial

Ciprofloxacin: 0.2 % / 14 droperettes

Doxycycline: 40 mg / 30 cap ir drs

Erythromycin: 5 mg/gram / 1 tube

Famciclovir: 500 mg / 30 tablets

Ofloxacin: 0.3 % / 1 drop btl

Tetracycline: 500 mg / 30 capsules

Valacyclovir: 1000 mg / 30 tablets

*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 4/27/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.

Jennifer Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Jen Hadley is a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, who writes extensively about the medical, legal, health care, and consumer products industries. Jen is a regular contributor to RxSaver.

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS

Carina Fung, PharmD, BCPPS., is a pharmacist who earned her PharmD from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She maintains an active practice, serving as a Board-Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist at a large metropolitan teaching hospital in New York City. Carina has also published in pharmacy journals and works as a consultant reviewing medical articles for publication.

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