Best Medicine for a Sore Throat
If you have a throat infection caused by a virus, the only cure for a sore throat is time (it usually takes about two to five days for your body to heal itself of a sore throat). In the meantime, there are several home remedies you can use to help relieve pain and discomfort.
The best medicines for a sore throat are over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These drugs are effective at relieving pain, discomfort, and fever. Some of these OTC medicines include acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen (Aleve®).
Other remedies that can help reduce the pain of a sore throat include:
- Oral rinses (salt-water gargle)
- Throat lozenges
- Throat sprays
- Natural therapies.
If the cause of your sore throat is diagnosed as a bacterial infection, your healthcare provider will typically prescribe antibiotics to treat your symptoms. Antibiotics have been shown to decrease the length and severity of symptoms, and decrease the chance for complications.
(Click Sore Throat Remedies for more information on the best medicine to use. This article discusses several home remedies you can try to help reduce the pain and discomfort of a throat infection.)