Strep Throat: Over-the-Counter Medicines

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Strep Throat: Over-the-Counter Medicines

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Non-prescription medicines that relieve pain may help relieve some symptoms of strep throat, but they will not make you better any faster.

  • Acetaminophen will help relieve pain and reduce fever caused by strep throat.
  • ASA or ibuprofen will also help. Follow all directions on the label. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor’s advice about what amount to give. Do not give ASA to anyone younger than 20, because it has been linked to Reye syndrome.
  • Anesthetic throat sprays numb the throat area to help relieve pain.
  • Throat lozenges can also help.
    • Some non-prescription throat lozenges, such as Sucrets Extra Strength or Bradosol Extra Strength Lozenges, are safe and effective and have medicine (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain.
    • Regular cough drops or hard candies can also help.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Last Revised September 3, 2010

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