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Dosage of Penicillin to Treat Strep Throat

In most cases, the medicine of choice for treating strep throat in adults is penicillin. Antibiotics such as this one help decrease the chances for complications -- they also help decrease the severity and length of symptoms. Penicillin is most frequently used because it is effective, well tolerated, and inexpensive. There are two options for administering penicillin -- either orally (in the form of a pill) or in the form of an injection.
Specifically, penicillin V is the treatment of choice for strep throat. It is taken by mouth either two or three times a day for 10 days. For adults, the standard dosage of penicillin to treat strep throat is 500 mg.
As in adults, the treatment of choice for strep throat in children is oral penicillin. Children also take this medicine for 10 days, although in a smaller dosage than for adults (250 mg two to three times a day).
(Click Strep Throat Antibiotics for more information on the penicillin dosages used to treat strep throat in adults and children. This article also describes the factors that may affect which antibiotic is most appropriate for your particular situation and provides a list of several other antibiotics that can be used instead of penicillin.)
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