Compare Cetraxal vs. Minocycline

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Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Solodyn
(Minocycline)

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.
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Side effects
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How it works
CetraxalMinocycline
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.Solodyn (Minocycline) is a tetracycline antibiotic. It stops bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
CetraxalMinocycline
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
CetraxalMinocycline
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Extended release capsule
Used for
CetraxalMinocycline
Risk factors for serious side effects
CetraxalMinocycline
  • 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

            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 real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            Pain
            CetraxalMinocycline
            • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
            No pain related info.
            Upsides and benefits
            CetraxalMinocycline
            • 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 and risks
            CetraxalMinocycline
            • 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.
            Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
            CetraxalMinocycline
            • 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.
            • 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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