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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. 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

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

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  • Any adverse event 40%
  • Nausea 13%
  • Vomiting 8%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Bacterial vaginitis 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Upper abdominal pain 2%
  • Vaginal yeast infection 2%
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How it works
Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • 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
Detailed Vibramycin (doxycycline) risks & warnings »

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 real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

  • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
No pain related info.
Upsides and benefits
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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