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Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Vibramycin
(Doxycycline)

Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.Treats bacterial infections. Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.
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Side effects
CetraxalDoxycycline

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

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How it works
CetraxalDoxycycline
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
CetraxalDoxycycline
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Tetracycline
Prescription only
Available as
CetraxalDoxycycline
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
CetraxalDoxycycline
Risk factors for serious side effects
CetraxalDoxycycline
  • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
  • Age 8 years or younger
  • Using oral birth control pills
  • Long antibiotic treatment period
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Overweight or obese
      • Taking isotretinoin (Accutane)
      Detailed Vibramycin (Doxycycline) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      CetraxalDoxycycline
      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
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but 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.
      • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
      • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
      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
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      Upsides and benefits
      CetraxalDoxycycline
      • 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.
      • 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
      CetraxalDoxycycline
      • 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.
      • Can't be used in pregnant women and children under 8 years old.
      • Makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.
      • Has to be taken with plenty of water and food and you have to stay upright for 30 minutes afterwards to avoid stomach irritation.
      • Can make birth control less effective.
      • Can cause diarrhea.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CetraxalDoxycycline
      • 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.
      • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
      • If you're using birth control pills, this medication can make them less effective.
      • Wear sunblock if you have to go out into the sun since your skin can become more sensitive to sunburn.
      • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
      • Space out any vitamins by at least two hours.
      • Take with plenty of food and liquids.
      • Don't take any medications with bismuth (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate) while taking this medication.
      • Don't lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.
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