Compare Amoxicillin vs. Cetraxal

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Amoxil
(Amoxicillin)

Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Treats bacterial infections. Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.
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Reviews for Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
62%
of people (All ages) say Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is worth it
45%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
786 reviews
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Side effects
AmoxicillinCetraxal
  • Any side effect 11%
  • Vulvovaginal mycotic infection 2%
  • Diarrhea 2%
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The Cetraxal FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
AmoxicillinCetraxal
Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria and prevents them from reproducing and making their own protective covering.Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.
Type of medication
AmoxicillinCetraxal
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
AmoxicillinCetraxal
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
Used for
AmoxicillinCetraxal
Risk factors for serious side effects
AmoxicillinCetraxal
  • Long antibiotic treatment period
  • History of penicillin allergies
  • Using oral birth control pills
    Detailed Amoxil (Amoxicillin) risks & warnings »
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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          Pregnancy

          Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Food
          AmoxicillinCetraxal
          • Take with food to decrease upsetting your stomach (nausea, vomiting).
          No food related info.
          Pain
          AmoxicillinCetraxal
          No pain related info.
          • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
          Upsides and benefits
          AmoxicillinCetraxal
          • Available in generic.
          • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
          • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
          • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic that treats many common bacteria.
          • It's usually only given twice a day.
          • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is available as a generic, so you shouldn't need to pay the higher price of the brand version.
          • It comes in individual droppers, so it's convenient to take.
          • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is safe to use in children 1 year of age and older.
          Downsides and risks
          AmoxicillinCetraxal
          • Suspension must be stored in the fridge.
          • Can make birth control pills and live vaccines less effective.
          • Many bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic.
          • Can cause diarrhea.
          • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
          • Stop using Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) right away if a rash develops on or in your ear.
          • You need to take Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) until you've used up all of the droppers. Otherwise the infection can come back and get worse.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          AmoxicillinCetraxal
          • Finish all of the medicine your doctor gives you, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the bacteria to develop resistance, making the medicine ineffective.
          • If you're taking birth control pills, this medication may make them less effective.
          • Take with food to decrease upsetting your stomach (nausea, vomiting).
          • If you're giving the suspension, you can mix it with a cold drink, but make sure to take it right away.
          • Keep the suspension form in the fridge. All other forms should be kept at room temperature.
          • You may have loose stool when taking this medicine, but it should get better soon after finishing the course. If the diarrhea worsens, tell your doctor.
          • Each dropper is used for only one dose, so throw it away after you've used it once.
          • Wash your hands before and after you use Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin).
          • Warm the dropper by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
          • Lie on your side with the ear that hurts facing the ceiling. Squeeze all the liquid in the dropper into your ear and don't get up for at least a minute.
          • Talk to your doctor if you still have problems even after you've finished using all of the medicine.
          • Don't put the drug in your fridge and don't let it sit in the direct sunlight.
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