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How do medications treat syphilis?

The best treatment used for syphilis is penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic, which is a type of medication that kills bacteria. Usually, people who have had syphilis for less than a year are given one injection of long-acting penicillin that starts to kill the Treponema pallidum bacteria. If they've had the infection for over a year, people may be given additional doses of penicillin. Penicillin may cause side effects, called a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, that include fever, headache, and chills. These symptoms usually disappear after a day. For people who are allergic to penicillin, other antibiotics like doxycycline or ceftriaxone may be used.

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