Compare Bactrim vs. Cetraxal

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

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim)

Prescription only

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Kills bacteria.

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

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

Upsides
  • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
  • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
  • 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
  • Makes you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can upset your stomach
  • Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
  • May cause birth defects
  • 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
  • Ear drops
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Reviews
473 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
49%
think this treatment works well
22%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) 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 warnings
  • Lower kidney function

    Elderly

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Growth of resistant bacteria

    Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

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