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Can I use Amoxicillin for a Sore Throat?

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Official Answer Medically reviewed by Drugs.com Last updated on Jan 23, 2019.

Most sore throats are caused by viruses and amoxicillin will be ineffective as it an antibiotic which only treats bacterial throat infections.

A sore throat is more likely to be caused by a virus if it is a minor part of a typical cold (with runny nose, stuffy ears, cough, and similar symptoms).

If you were to have a bacterial throat infection, like Strep throat, you would have other symptoms including a fever (greater than 101°F), white, draining patches on the throat, and swollen or tender lymph glands in the neck. You will need a lab test to diagnose strep throat. You should see your doctor if you have the symptoms of a bacterial throat infection.

You can read more about sore throats here:
https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/sore-throat-pharyngitis.html

Brieanna456 1 Oct 2017

Actually I feel like this answer is false. Every time I have had a sore throat its always strep. Also it never comes with a fever for me. So if I ever have amoxicillin on hand and I have a sore throat I'm taking it asap.

autospecialist02 29 Aug 2016

Yes

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