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Cetraxal Alternatives

(Ciprofloxacin)

  • Ear drops
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These medications are comparable to Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) or used for similar purposes.

Cetraxal
(Ciprofloxacin)

Ciprodex
(Ciprofloxacin / Dexamethasone)

Cipro Hc
(Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone)

Floxin
(Ofloxacin)

Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.Coming soon.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer’s ear). Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) is a great option for swimmer’s ear and has few side effects.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.Coming soon.Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) is a combination medication. Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria by preventing them from reproducing. Hydrocortisone is a synthetic corticosteroid that blocks inflammation.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
Antibiotic
Quinolone
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Antibiotic
Quinolone
CorticosteroidPrescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
  • Ear drops
Used for (click to learn more)
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • Otitis externa
  • Acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis Acute otitis media - Tympanostomy Bacterial conjunctivitis Chlamydia Chronic purulent otitis media - Perforation of tympanic membrane Community acquired pneumonia Corneal ulcer Cystitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
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Pregnancy category
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
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
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
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
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • 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.
Coming soon.
  • In one study, 90% of people who used Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) for a week had a complete improvement of their symptoms.
  • Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) doesn't cause ototoxicity, a condition where your hearing can become impaired or can cause trouble balancing.
  • Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) is safe for patients 1 year of age and older.
Coming soon.
Downsides and risks
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • 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.
Coming soon.
  • Some people experience a skin rash when using Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone). If this happens, you should immediately stop using it.
  • Using Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) unnecessarily or overusing it can cause it to stop working.
  • If your infection comes back, you may need to try a different medication.
  • Some people experience headache or itching when taking Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone).
Coming soon.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
CetraxalCiprodexCipro HCFloxin
  • 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.
Coming soon.
  • Be sure your ear is clean and dry before using Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone).
  • Warm the Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) container by holding it in your hand for a minute or two and shake it gently before using it.
  • Lie on your side and have someone apply Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) while they hold your earlobe up and back. It’s important to keep your head titled for a minute or use a soft cotton plug after it’s applied.
  • Be sure to continue using Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone) for the full time your doctor prescribed. If you stop using it right when symptoms go away, the bacteria can come back.
  • Talk to your doctor if you still have symptoms after 7 days of using Cipro Hc (Ciprofloxacin / Hydrocortisone).
Coming soon.
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