Compare Cetraxal vs. Erygel

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Cetraxal
(ciprofloxacin)

Akne-Mycin
(erythromycin)

Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.Topical treatment for acne. Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.
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Best available price for 20 (500mg) tablets of ciprofloxacin
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Best available price for 1 (30g of 2%) tube of gel of erythromycin
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Reviews for Erygel
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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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  • Burning 25%
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How it works
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Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a topical antibiotic. It fights bacteria that cause acne in oil (sebaceous) glands, and contains alcohol which dries out acne-affected areas.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
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  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical solution
Used for
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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)
Detailed Akne-Mycin (erythromycin) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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 animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Pain
CetraxalErygel
  • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
  • Let your doctor know if you notice abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea after starting this medicine.
Weight
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No weight related info.
  • Better choice if you're pregnant. erythromycin is categorized as pregnancy Category B (likely safe) as compared to similar topical medicines that are Category C (weigh risks vs benefits).
Upsides and benefits
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  • 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.
  • Applying erythromycin to the skin reduces the amount of acne bacteria and "calms" the skin down (lowers the inflammatory response) in acne.
  • Available in a gel formulation which may be better if your skin is very oily.
  • Better choice if you're pregnant. erythromycin is categorized as pregnancy Category B (likely safe) as compared to similar topical medicines that are Category C (weigh risks vs benefits).
Downsides and risks
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  • 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. erythromycin, like other topical antibiotics, can cause skin irritation and may appear as 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
  • Studies show it works better when combined with other topical medicines to fight acne and reduce the risk of it losing its effectiveness over time.
  • Can cause severe inflammation of the large intestine (pseudomembranous colitis)
  • Stop using if you don't notice any improvement in your acne after 6-8 weeks. The most time you can use it is three months.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • 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.
  • Very commonly used topical antibiotic to treat acne.
  • The only topical erythromycin in a gel formula.
  • Apply a thin film to clean and dry affected skin once or twice a day.
  • It may take 6-8 weeks before you see improvement in your acne.
  • Avoid getting into your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • 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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