Compare Cipro vs. Cleocin

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

Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 755 reviewsforCipro
Topical treatment for acne.

Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and tampons for the period your doctor tells you to. The topical form can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.

4.8/ 7 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
Upsides
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
  • Available in generic.
  • Topical form treats acne.
  • Available in different oral forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Available in forms to treat skin infections and vaginal infections.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Downsides
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be used with caution if you have kidney problems.
  • If you drink caffeine while on Cipro (ciprofloxacin), you may notice increased effects of the caffeine.
  • Some bacteria have developed resistance to Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can interact with many other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, over-the-counter products, and supplements you are taking before starting Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • Have to take the oral forms with a full glass of liquid or with food since it can cause irritation in your stomach and esophagus.
  • If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and not use tampons for the period your doctor tells you to.
  • If you're allergic to aspirin, your doctor may have to prescribe an alternate.
  • If you have to take live vaccines, talk to your doctor when to take them since Clindamycin can make it less effective.
  • If you're taking the topical form, it can cause sensitivity and irritation.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Vaginal cream
  • Vaginal suppository
  • Injection
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Reviews
755 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
53%
think this treatment works well
17%
think this treatment is a hassle

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115 
57%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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The Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Tendon rupture

    People over age 60

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Myasthenia gravis

    Myasthenia gravis

  • Central nervous system effects

    Central nervous system disorders

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart rhythm problems

    Use with other QT prolonging drugs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

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