Compare Cetraxal vs. Minocycline

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Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Solodyn
(Minocycline)

Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that 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.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.Solodyn (Minocycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
CetraxalMinocycline
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Antibiotic
Tetracycline
Prescription only
Available as
CetraxalMinocycline
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • 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 Solodyn (Minocycline) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      CetraxalMinocycline
      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
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      CetraxalMinocycline
      • 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.
      • 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 and risks
      CetraxalMinocycline
      • 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.
      • 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • 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.
      • Both men and women should use barrier methods of birth control while on Solodyn (Minocycline) since it can cause birth defects and make birth control pills less effective.
      • Can make you dizzy, so be careful if you're getting up from lying down or sitting. Don't drive until you know how it affects you.
      • Can stain your teeth, tongue and gums, but this is temporary.
      • Take this exactly how your doctor or pharmacist tells you until it's all gone.
      • Don't eat any dairy products or take any vitamins within 2 hours of taking Solodyn (Minocycline) because they can make the medication less effective.
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