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Types of Antibiotics That Cure Strep Infection

Strep throat is typically treated with antibiotics. Not only do these medications decrease the chances for complications, but they also help decrease the severity and length of symptoms.
There are several types of antibiotics that can cure a strep infection. The most frequently prescribed is penicillin, which is effective, well tolerated, and inexpensive. Two options to receive the medicine are as a shot or pills.
As in adults, the treatment of choice for strep throat in children is oral penicillin. As an alternative, children may be prescribed amoxicillin (Amoxil®). The liquid form of amoxicillin is easier for children to swallow and can also help treat a coexisting middle ear infection (otitis media), which commonly occurs in children with strep throat.
Adolescents (12 years old or older) may be prescribed once-a-day amoxicillin (Moxatag™).
For people who are allergic to penicillin, a cephalosporin antibiotic, such as cephalexin (Keflex®), may be prescribed. Some other antibiotic alternatives to penicillin that a healthcare provider may recommend include:
(For more information on curing a strep infection with antibiotics, click Strep Throat Antibiotics.)
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