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A 45-year-old member asked:

would it be okay to take unprescribed antibiotics when you have strep throat?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not a good idea: You ? Have some abx left over from another illness that you didn't finish or you have some from a friend.You also do not know that you have strep by doing a confirmatory test.Treatment for strep is to prevent long term complications which requires a full treatment course. If you don't have it, you don't need to treat.If you do, the short amount you have won't stop complications.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
It is important to take right antibiotic and correct dose/duration for throat infection caused by GAS
Jul 15, 2013

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long do your symptoms of strep throat last after starting antibiotics?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
1or 2 days: You will begin to feel better soon but please finish the rx.A big problem we face is the bacteria , exposed to less than a full course of treatment, learn to resist that antibiotic.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the recommended antibiotic for strep throat?

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Dr. Christopher Lynch
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
The very first one: Most medical guidelines recommend penicillin as the first line agent to treat strep throat. However, i feel that Amoxicillin ( a derivative of penicillin) is more often prescribed simply because it is more tolerable/less side effects. This is debatable. It is important to treat strep pharyngitis as it can cause an array of medical problems down the line in the form of rhematic fever.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Strep throat is worse after starting antibiotics ?

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Dr. Michael Pascolini
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
How long after?: The antibiotics need time to take effect - at least a few days. If it has been a few days maybe you need a different antibiotic. Lastly if you have mono - and not strep throat, the antibiotic will do nothing for you. All sore throats are not 'strep'.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me how long will my strep throat symptoms take to disappear after starting antibiotics?

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Dr. Debra Tang
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Strep throat: You should start to feel better after 24-48 hours on antibiotics. You can take Ibuprofen in conjunction with the antibiotics and make sure you're drinking a lot of fluids.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have strep throat for over a week when you get antibiotics right away?

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Dr. Debra Tang
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Strep throat: You might not be on the right antibiotic. Go see your primary care provider again.

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