Compare Cetraxal vs. Benzamycin

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

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..

3.4/ 5 average rating with 146 reviewsforBenzamycin
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Price
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saidit'sworth it
26%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Dyness
    3%
  • Urticarial reaction
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Growth of resistant bacteria
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)
  • Untreated infection
  • Use only in the ear
  • Skin rash
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  • Bleaching effects
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Development of more serious infections
    • Long-term use of Benzamycin (Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)
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