Lung and respiratory problems

Strep throat

(Strep pharyngitis)

  • Also known as
  • Strep
  • Streptococcal pharyngitis

About Strep throat

Strep throat is a sore throat caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus. It's most common in children, and it's contagious through the saliva or nasal mucus of someone that has the infection.

Symptoms of Strep throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat: Red, swollen tonsils that may have white spots of pus
  • Painful swallowing
  • Malaise

Top Medications for Strep throat according to our users

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All Medications for Strep throat

  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Cephalosporin

    • Keflex
      (Cephalexin)
      Prescription only

      Keflex (Cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, if you are on medications to thin your blood, you can be more likely to bleed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral suspension
  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Penicillin
      Prescription only

      Penicillin Vk (Penicillin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. You may need to use another form of birth control along with your birth control pills. It's also best taken on an empty stomach but it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Amoxicillin
      Prescription only

      Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Liquid
    • Augmentin
      (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)
      Prescription only

      Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Extended release
      • Liquid

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