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Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only

Vibramycin (doxycycline)

Prescription only
Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

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

Treats bacterial infections.

Vibramycin (doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a sunburn or rash.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 112 reviewsfordoxycycline
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.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is a good alternative for some types of bacterial infections for people who are allergic to penicillin.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as a liquid for those who have trouble swallowing.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) is safe for people age 65 or older and those who have kidney problems.
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.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can make some birth control less effective, so you may have to use barrier methods (like condoms) while on it.
  • Vitamins, iron supplements, or antacids can't be taken at the same time as Vibramycin (doxycycline).
  • Vibramycin (doxycycline) can cause severe diarrhea that is usually watery and bloody, as late as up to 2 months after finishing the medicine.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Delayed release pill
  • Liquid
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112 
49%
think this treatment is worth it
36%
think this treatment works well
24%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Vibramycin (doxycycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Growth of resistant bacteria

    Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

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  • Color changes in teeth of young children and unborn babies

    Age 8 or younger

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea

    Using Vibramycin (doxycycline) for a long period of time

  • Sunburn or rash

    Being in the sun for a long period of time

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus (unborn baby)

    Women who can potentially or want to become pregnant

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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