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 ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.
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Reviews for Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
62%
of people say Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is worth it
45%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle

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Side effects
AmoxicillinCetraxal

The Amoxicillin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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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 an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.
Type of medication
AmoxicillinCetraxal
Antibiotic
Penicillin
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Available as
AmoxicillinCetraxal
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
Used for (click to learn more)
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)
    Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    AmoxicillinCetraxal
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    • Take with food to decrease upsetting your stomach (nausea, vomiting).
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    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 to treat bacteria that typically grow in the ear.
    • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and it's okay even if there's a small amount of liquid left in the vial after giving yourself the dose.
    • Usually only given twice a day.
    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.
    • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is not available generically, so it may be a bit pricey.
    • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
    • Discontinue use immediately if a rash develops on or in your ear.
    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 vial is used for only one dose, so dispose of the container after using it.
    • Warm the dose by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
    • Lie on your side with your affected ear upwards. Put a drop in the ear and lie there for a minute or two before getting up.
    • Don't use if you're allergic to or had a reaction to ciprofloxacin or other quinolone-type antibiotics.
    • Stop using [name_ common] if a rash forms in or around the ear.
    • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth.
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