Compare Cetraxal vs. Benzamycin

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Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Benzamycin
(Benzoyl Peroxide / Erythromycin)

Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that 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% vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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+26% vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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+88% vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
Side effects
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The Cetraxal FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Benzamycin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
CetraxalBenzamycin
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.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
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Acne agent
Antibiotic
Prescription only
Available as
CetraxalBenzamycin
  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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 category
      CetraxalBenzamycin
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific 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 to treat bacteria that typically grow in the ear.
      • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and it's okay even if there's a small amount of liquid left in the vial after giving yourself the dose.
      • Usually only given twice a day.
      • 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
      • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is not available generically, so it may be a bit pricey.
      • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
      • Discontinue use immediately if a rash develops on or in your ear.
      • 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 vial is used for only one dose, so dispose of the container after using it.
      • Warm the dose by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
      • Lie on your side with your affected ear upwards. Put a drop in the ear and lie there for a minute or two before getting up.
      • Don't use if you're allergic to or had a reaction to ciprofloxacin or other quinolone-type antibiotics.
      • Stop using [name_ common] if a rash forms in or around the ear.
      • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth.
      • 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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