Compare Cetraxal vs. Erygel

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Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that 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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Have you used Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)?
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Reviews for Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin)
+46% vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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+80% vs. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
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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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The Erygel FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.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
Prescription only
Acne agent
Prescription only
Available as
  • Ear drops
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Topical solution
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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • 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 category
      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
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

      See the FDA package insert
      Upsides and benefits
      • 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.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • 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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