Nonprescription medicines for strep throat

Nonprescription 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. Aspirin or ibuprofen will also help. Follow all instructions on the label. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor’s advice about what amount to give. Do not give aspirin 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 or drops may help relieve pain and keep the throat moist.

Last Updated: August 8, 2008

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