Compare azithromycin vs. Cetraxal

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Zithromax (azithromycin)

Prescription only

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Zithromax (azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available in generic form. However, it may cause headache, dizziness, or rash.

5.5/ 7 average rating with 909 reviewsforazithromycin
Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

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

Upsides
  • Available as a generic in the tablet and suspension form.
  • The suspension can be used if you have problems swallowing.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Bacteria is less resistant to this antibiotic, meaning that Zithromax (azithromycin) will fight off the bacteria better. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Immediate release form 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
  • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
  • Use with caution if you have liver disease.
  • Must be used with caution if you are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
  • 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
  • Liquid
  • Extended-release liquid
  • Ear drops
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Reviews
909 
74%
think this treatment is worth it
59%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
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The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

  • Myasthenia gravis

    Myasthenia gravis

  • Abnormal heartbeat

    QT prolongation

    ...and 4 more risk factors

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  • Growth of resistant bacteria

    Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

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