Compare Cetraxal vs. Erygel

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Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only

Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin)

Prescription only
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.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 93 reviewsforErygel
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.
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical solution
Price
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Reviews
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93 reviews so far
46%
saidit'sworth it
34%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
1possible side effects
  • Burning
    25%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Growth of resistant bacteria
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)
  • Untreated infection
  • Use only in the ear
  • Skin rash
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  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Development of more serious infections
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