Compare Biaxin vs. Cipro

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

Biaxin
(clarithromycin)

Cipro
(ciprofloxacin)

Coming soon.Kills bacteria. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.
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Reviews for Cipro
63%
+37% better vs. Biaxin
53%
+47% better vs. Biaxin
17%
-16% worse vs. Biaxin
755 reviews
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Side effects
BiaxinCipro

We haven’t found good data for Biaxin side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Biaxin »
  • Any musculosketal side effect 14%
  • Any side effect 41%
  • Any musculoskeletal side effect 9%
  • Any neurological side effect 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Any gastrointestinal side effect 15%
  • Any serious side effect 8%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
More Cipro side effects »
How it works
BiaxinCipro
Coming soon.Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
BiaxinCipro
Prescription only
Available as
BiaxinCipro
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Infusion (iv)
Used for
BiaxinCipro
  • Acute Infective Exacerbation Of Chronic Bronchitis Acute Otitis Media Community Acquired Pneumonia Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Disseminated Infection Due To Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Group Prophylaxis HIV Infection Duodenal Ulcer Disease Helicobacter Pylori Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Infection Of Skin AND OR Subcutaneous Tissue
Risk factors for serious side effects
BiaxinCipro
    Coming soon.
    • Over 60 years of age
    • On long-term steroid use
    • Heart, kidney, or lung transplant
    • Myasthenia gravis
    Detailed Cipro (ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    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.

    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.

    Pain
    BiaxinCipro
    No pain related info.
    • If you notice redness/inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints or muscles, especially in the Achilles tendon, contact your doctor immediately.
    • Talk to your doctor immediately if you start to feel burning, tingling, numbness, pain or you can't tolerate heat or cold. This could be a sign of nerve damage and it can happen as soon as you start taking the medication and may not go away if you stop it.
    • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
    Upsides and benefits
    BiaxinCipro
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    BiaxinCipro
    Coming soon
    • Must be used with caution in people over 60 years of age, or who have had either an organ transplant or on long-term steroid use due to possible tendon rupture.
    • If you have caffeine while on Ciprofloxacin, you may noticed increased effects of the caffeine.
    • Ciprofloxacin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
    • Can't be used if you've ever had myasthenia gravis.
    • Can cause diarrhea.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BiaxinCipro
    Coming soon
    • If you notice pain in your Achilles tendons, contact your doctor.
    • Wear sunscreen if you're going to be out in the sun.
    • Take the medication exactly how the doctor tells you to.
    • Avoid taking this by itself with dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) or with juice with calcium.
    • Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after any antacids with magnesium or aluminum or with any vitamins with calcium, iron or zinc.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Limit your caffeine intake while taking this medication.
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