What Are the Medicines for Strep Throat?

Q:
What are the medicines for strep throat?

A:
Strep throat can cause your or your child’s throat feel raw, scratchy or just painful. It often happens on children, but adults can get it, too.

Medication may relieve the sore throat and other symptoms. After doctors confirm what you or your child have is strep throat, he or she will often write a prescription of antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill the bacteria that cause strep throat.

Doctors most often prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin (Amoxil) to treat strep throat. They are the top choices because they’re safer, inexpensive, and they work well on strep bacteria.

Kids or adults who are allergic to penicillin may be able to take one of these antibiotics instead:

  • Azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax, Z-Pak)
  • Cephalosporins, including cefixime (Suprax), cefuroxime (Ceftin), and cephalexin (Keflex)
  • Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
  • Clindamycin (Cleocin)
  • Erythromycin (Ery-Tab, E.E.S. 400)

Sometimes doctors give this medicine as a shot.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.