Compare amoxicillin vs. Cetraxal

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Amoxil
(amoxicillin)

Cetraxal
(ciprofloxacin)

Treats bacterial infections. Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic that comes in different forms to treat many types of bacterial infections.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.
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Best available price for 30 (500mg) capsules of amoxicillin
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Best available price for 20 (500mg) tablets of ciprofloxacin
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Reviews for amoxicillin
62%
of people (All ages) say amoxicillin is worth it
45%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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The amoxicillin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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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
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended-release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for a long time
  • Weakened immune system
  • Not taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) correctly
  • History of penicillin allergies
  • Using oral birth control pills
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  • 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
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  • Take with food to prevent upset stomach. If you're taking the extended-release version, take within 1 hour of finishing your meal.
No food related info.
Pain
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No pain related info.
  • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
Upsides and benefits
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  • First choice medicine to treat many bacterial infections.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and liquid. The liquid comes in many different flavors to make it taste better for people who don't like pills.
  • Side effects are generally not too bad compared to other antibiotics.
  • 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
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  • While Amoxil (amoxicillin) can be used to treat different bacterial infections, many don't respond to it.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Except for the extended-release form, you have to take Amoxil (amoxicillin) 2 to 3 times a day, which can be hard to remember.
  • The extended-release form can be more expensive because it's a brand name.
  • 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
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  • Finish all of the medicine, even if you start to feel better. Stopping Amoxil (amoxicillin) early can make the infection come back and harder to treat.
  • If you're on birth control, Amoxil (amoxicillin) might make it less effective. Talk to your doctor to see if you need to use backup.
  • Take with food to prevent upset stomach. If you're taking the extended-release version, take within 1 hour of finishing your meal.
  • If you have the liquid, keep the bottle in the fridge. The bottle is only good for 14 days after you pick it up. Shake the bottle well before using each dose.
  • You may have diarrhea or stomach upset when taking Amoxil (amoxicillin), but it should get better soon after you've finished. If the diarrhea gets worse, 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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