Compare Azithromycin vs. Cetraxal

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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 ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.
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How it works
Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.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
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Ear drops
Used for (click to learn more)
Risk factors for serious side effects
      • History of liver disease
      • History of myasthenia gravis
      Detailed Zithromax (Azithromycin) risks & warnings »
      • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
      Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      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
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      • Can be taken with or without food.
      • Can take with or without food.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      • 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 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
      • 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.
      • 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
      • 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 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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