Compare Cetraxal vs. Minocycline

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only

Solodyn (Minocycline)

Prescription only
Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.

Treats bacterial infections.

Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

4.0/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinocycline
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.
  • Clinical studies show it's effective against MRSA, a common skin infection, and it's commonly used to treat acne and rosacea.
  • Available as a generic, so it should be reasonably priced.
  • Solodyn (Minocycline) is less likely to cause sunburn than other tetracycline antibiotics.
  • Bacteria are less likely to become resistant to Solodyn (Minocycline) than other tetracycline antibiotics.
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.
  • It can make birth control pills less effective, so people should use barrier methods of birth control like condoms or diaphragms while on Solodyn (Minocycline).
  • Can stain your teeth, mouth, and gums if you're using the tablets, or your skin if you're using the topical version, but this is temporary.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Price
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53%
saidit'sworth it
59%
saiditworked well
18%
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Side effects
The Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Solodyn (Minocycline) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Changes in teeth
    • Age 8 years or younger
  • Decreased effectiveness of birth control pills
    • Using oral birth control pills
  • Diarrhea from a superinfection (an infection that happens after, or in addition to, an earlier infection)
    • Long antibiotic treatment period
  • Rash
  • Sunburn
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
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