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Treats ear infections.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)

From clinical trials of Cetraxal / Adults ( 49308)

  • NauseaNausea3% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea2% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • Liver function tests abnormalLiver function tests abnormal1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo
  • RashRash1% for Ciprofloxacin vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you start Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)

    Overusing Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) can cause bacteria to become resistant to the medication. Make sure to use it for the exact amount of time your doctor recommends. Don't stop using it earlier or keep taking it longer than recommended.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits