Compare amoxicillin vs. Cetraxal

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

Amoxil (amoxicillin)

Prescription only

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic that comes in different forms to treat many types of bacterial infections.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 786 reviewsforamoxicillin
Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.

Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended-release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
Price
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Reviews
786 reviews so far
62%
saidit'sworth it
45%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Amoxil (amoxicillin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Interaction with birth control
    • Using oral birth control pills
  • Severe diarrhea
    • Taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for a long time
  • Severe allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergies
  • New infections while taking Amoxil (amoxicillin)
    • Weakened immune system
    • Not taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) correctly
  • Rash
    • Mononucleosis
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  • Growth of resistant bacteria
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)
  • Untreated infection
  • Use only in the ear
  • Skin rash
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