Adolescents and Adults
Recommended Regimen

Azithromycin 1 g orally in a single dose 


Ceftriaxone 250 mg IM in a single dose 


Ciprofloxacin 500 mg orally 2 times/day for 3 days 


Erythromycin base 500 mg orally 3 times/day for 7 days 

Alternative Regimen


In Pregnancy

Data indicate ciprofloxacin presents a low risk to the fetus during pregnancy but has potential for toxicity during breastfeeding. Alternative drugs should be used if the patient is pregnant or lactating. No adverse effects of chancroid on pregnancy outcome have been reported. 

Persons Living with HIV

Persons with HIV infection who have chancroid infection should be monitored closely because they are more likely to experiencchancroid treatment failure and to have ulcers that heal slowly. Persons with HIV might require repeated or longer courses of therapy, and treatment failures can occur with any regimen. Data are limited concerning the therapeutic efficacy of the recommended single-dose azithromycin and ceftriaxone regimens among persons with HIV infection. 

Page last reviewed: July 16, 2021
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