Compare Ciprodex vs. Cetraxal

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

Ciprodex
(Ciprofloxacin / Dexamethasone)

Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Coming soon.Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.
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Side effects
CiprodexCetraxal

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How it works
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.
Type of medication
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Available as
CiprodexCetraxal
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
Used for (click to learn more)
CiprodexCetraxal
  • Otitis externa
Risk factors for serious side effects
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.
  • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy category
CiprodexCetraxal
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.

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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
Alcohol
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
CiprodexCetraxal
Coming soon.
  • 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.
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