Compare Azithromycin vs. Cetraxal

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Zithromax
(Azithromycin)

Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.
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Reviews for Zithromax (Azithromycin)
74%
of people (All ages) say Zithromax (Azithromycin) is worth it
59%
say it works well
11%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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The Azithromycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
AzithromycinCetraxal
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.
Type of medication
AzithromycinCetraxal
Antibiotic
Macrolide
Prescription only
Antibacterial
Fluoroquinolone
Prescription only
Available as
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
Used for (click to learn more)
AzithromycinCetraxal
Risk factors for serious side effects
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • History of liver disease
  • History of myasthenia gravis
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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
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Can take with or without food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Pain
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
  • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
Upsides and benefits
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • 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
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
  • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
  • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
  • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
  • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
  • 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
AzithromycinCetraxal
  • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
  • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
  • Can take with or without food.
  • 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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