A 26-year-old female asked:
what medicine do i take for severe sore throat and cough? i had strep throat about 3 or 4weeks ago.
1 doctor answer
Dr. David Houghton answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine and 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
Answered on Dec 11, 2016
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