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How do medications treat whooping cough?

Antibiotics are the medications used to treat whooping cough. They kill the bacteria that cause the infection; the sooner they are administered the more effective they will be. Antibiotics may also be used to treat infections that accompany the illness, which include pneumonia and ear infections. Family members may also take antibiotics in order to minimize their risk of being infected. Over-the-counter cough medications are not effective for treating whooping cough.

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