Compare Ciprodex vs. Azithromycin

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

Ciprodex
(Ciprofloxacin / Dexamethasone)

azithromycin

Coming soon.Kills bacteria. Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.
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Reviews for Azithromycin
74%
-74% worse vs. Ciprodex
59%
-59% worse vs. Ciprodex
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+11% better vs. Ciprodex
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Side effects
CiprodexAzithromycin

We haven’t found good data for Ciprodex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Ciprodex »
  • Nausea 3%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Vomiting 6%
  • Rash 2%
  • Vaginitis 2%
More Azithromycin side effects »
How it works
CiprodexAzithromycin
Coming soon.Zithromax (Azithromycin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing and repairing themselves.
Type of medication
CiprodexAzithromycin
No lower cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
CiprodexAzithromycin
  • Ear drops
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
Used for
CiprodexAzithromycin
  • Otitis Externa
Risk factors for serious side effects
CiprodexAzithromycin
    Coming soon.
    • History of liver disease
    • History of myasthenia gravis
    Detailed Zithromax (Azithromycin) 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 animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Food
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    No food related info.
    • Can take with or without food.
    • Can be taken with or without food.
    Kidneys and liver
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
    Pain
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    No pain related info.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    Upsides and benefits
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    Coming soon
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
    • 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 and risks
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    Coming soon
    • Must space out antacids by at least 2 hours.
    • Has to be used with caution in people who've had liver disease.
    • Can't be used in people who've had myasthenia gravis.
    • Must be used with caution in people who are on medications to thin the blood (anticoagulants) because of increased risk of bleeding.
    • Can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CiprodexAzithromycin
    Coming soon
    • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
    • Space out any antacids with magnesium or aluminum by at least 2 hours.
    • Can take with or without food.
    Learn more
    More about CiprodexSide effectsFDA package insert
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