The painful, dry, or scratchy feeling in your throat that increases when you talk or swallow is called a sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by a common infection, such as a cold or the flu. However, there is a less common type of sore throat caused by bacteria called a strep throat.

A sore throat can be unbearably frustrating, especially every time the pain is increased when you talk or swallow. Luckily, over-the-counter sore throat medicine can be used to relieve the pain so you can feel better. 

What kills a sore throat fast? — Here is a comparison list for best medicine for sore throat and cough that can be used to relieve your pain:

1. Betadine Sore Throat Spray

Betadine Sore Throat Spray contains povidone-iodine, which is an antiseptic agent that kills germs that cause sore throat. It also reduces harmful oral germ and prevents them from multiplying. 

Betadine Sore Throat Spray is conveniently packed in an ‘on the go’ size that you can carry around for instant relief and lasting effects.

Spray once to your throat, up to 3 times per day. You should pit out excess liquid, but rinsing is not necessary. 

2. Dyclonine

Dyclonine are sore throat lozenges that offer temporary relief following occasional mouth and throat symptoms including minor irritation, pain, sore mouth, and sore throat.

You can take 1 lozenge (1.2, 2, or 3 mg) and repeat after 2 hours if necessary but don’t exceed 10 lozenges in a day.

3. Difflam

Difflam Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Lozenges combine the anti-inflammatory benzydamine with an antiseptic to help relieve pain and help kill the germs that cause minor throat and mouth infections. It is available in these three flavors-honey and lemon, raspberry, and eucalyptus and menthol.

Difflam sore throat lozenges will give you fast relief from the pain, swelling and redness of sore throats and mouth conditions − such as pharyngitis, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, including post dental procedures, oral surgery or radiation therapy.

You can take 1 lozenge every 1-2 hours, max 12 lozenges per day.

4. Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by a cold, flu, sore throat and other conditions. It works by blocking your body’s production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation hence reducing swelling, pain, or fever.

You should take ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this drug. 

5. Advil

 Advil stops pain at the site of inflammation so you will be relieved of the pain. It is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by a sore throat and other conditions.  

Advil (ibuprofen) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.

The maximum amount of ibuprofen for adults is 800 milligrams per dose or 3200 mg per day (4 maximum doses).

6. Chloraseptic Max Sore Throat Lozenges

You can get fast-acting sore throat relief with Chloraseptic Max Sore Throat Lozenges. It contains benzocaine which temporarily relieves minor irritation, pain, sore mouth and throat.

You can take 1 lozenge every 2 hours or as needed.

7. Strepsils For Sore Throat

Strepsils is designed to help relieve symptoms of a sore throat or mouth infections, by soothing, lubricating and killing bacteria that cause infection.

Strepsils has a range of different products that can help soothe the symptoms associated with a sore throat. They include: