Compare Bactrim vs. Ciloxan
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.
Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) effectively treats pink eye and corneal ulcers caused by a variety of bacteria, but might not be good for more serious infections.
- Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
- Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
- Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) has a high success rate in treating people with pink eye and corneal ulcers.
- Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
- Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) eyedrops are available in an inexpensive, generic form.
- The ointment helps to lubricate and soothe the eye.
- Applied less frequently than other eye drops.
- Makes you sensitive to the sun.
- Can upset your stomach
- Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
- May cause birth defects
- Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) drops require frequent applications, especially during the first few days of treatment.
- Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) ointment is expensive because a generic is not available.
- The ointment can cause blurry vision for a few minutes after applying.
- Application of Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
- Urinary tract infection
- Traveler's diarrhea
- Inner ear infection
- Chronic bronchitis
- Pneumonia in HIV
- Pneumonia prevention in HIV
- Uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Prevention of urinary tract infections
- Treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDs patients
- Treatment and prevention of opportunistic infections in transplant patients
- Eye drops
- Eye ointment
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- Harm to fetus
- Lower kidney function
- Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
- Allergy to ingredients
- Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro
- Risk for contamination
- Not to be used with contact lenses
- Risk of infection
- Prolonged use