Compare Cetraxal vs. Benzamycin

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Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Benzamycin
(Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)

Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.Topical treatment for acne. Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a topical combination acne treatment that may work better for people who didn't see an improvement when taking either medicine alone or simply don't want to take pill medication. You need to be careful because it can bleach your hair, clothing and other fabrics. It also needs to be stored in the refrigerator and is only good for three months..
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Reviews for Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)
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+54% better vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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+26% better vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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+88% better vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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Side effects
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The Cetraxal FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Cetraxal side effects »
  • Dyness 3%
  • Urticarial reaction 3%
More Benzamycin side effects »
How it works
CetraxalBenzamycin
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) is a combination topical medicine. Erythromycin (an antibiotic) kills bacteria that cause acne. Benzoyl peroxide works to fight the bacteria and shed acne-affected skin.
Type of medication
CetraxalBenzamycin
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
CetraxalBenzamycin
  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
CetraxalBenzamycin
Risk factors for serious side effects
CetraxalBenzamycin
  • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
        Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
          • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
          • Eczema
          • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
            • Long-term use of Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)
            Detailed Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin) 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
            CetraxalBenzamycin
            • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
            • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
            Weight
            CetraxalBenzamycin
            No weight related info.
            • Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzamycin is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weight risks vs benefits) because of the benzoyl peroxide part.
            Upsides and benefits
            CetraxalBenzamycin
            • 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.
            • Benzamycin works better to reduce bacteria in oil glands and improve overall signs and symptoms of acne than either medicine alone.
            • Reduces bacteria on the skin, which "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
            • Combining an antibiotic with benzoyl peroxide lowers the chances of Benzamycin not working as well over time.
            • Although Benzamycin can irritate the skin, a true skin allergy is rare.
            • Can be used in combination with acne pill medicine if your doctor thinks you need it.
            Downsides and risks
            CetraxalBenzamycin
            • 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.
            • There's a risk of irritation with anything you apply to your skin and this is no different. Benzamycin, contains a topical antibiotic and can cause redness, peeling, abnormal dryness or stinging, tightening, or burning sensations.
            • It's rare, that a serious allergic reaction would occur, but it's a good idea to test a small area of skin before using on any larger or sensitive areas
            • Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis).
            • Not the best choice if you're pregnant. Benzamycin is categorized as pregnancy Category C (weight risks vs benefits) because of the benzoyl peroxide part.
            • Can cause bleaching of hair and clothing.
            • You'll need to stay out of the sun or apply a sunscreen if you go outdoors.
            Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
            CetraxalBenzamycin
            • 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.
            • Combination medicine you apply to your skin to treat acne.
            • Apply a thin film to clean and dry affected skin twice a day- in the morning and evening.
            • Store in the refrigerator, but don't freeze.
            • The pharmacist mixes the medicine when you pick it up at the drugstore. You'll need to use it within three months of this date or dispose of it properly.
            • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
            • Using a moisturizer that doesn't block your pores (non-comedogenic) may help lessen common side effects of skin dryness and peeling.
            • Taking good care of your skin is an important part of treating acne. Lightly wash with warm water and non-soap-based or gentle cleanser.
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