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A 20-year-old female asked:

What medicine do i take for severe sore throat and cough? i had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.

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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Depends on cause: Strep throat is diagnosed w/swab & is treated w/ antibiotics. However, the cipro (ciprofloxacin) you're on does not kill strep. Best is penicillin or cephalosporin. If allergic, then azithromycin or clindamycin. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, especially when there's cough. Antibiotics won't help &can cause complications. There are no effective cough medicines. Warm salt water gargle can help sore throat
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Family Medicine 35 years experience
R/O Strep: It would be a good idea to rule out recurrent strep throat and if there, treat with antibiotics prescribed. In the meantime, warm salt water gargles, chloraseptic spray, herbal tea with lemon and honey, avoid spicy and citrus foods, OTC pain relievers as needed. Ice cream or cold drinks if helpful.
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Last updated Dec 11, 2016


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