Compare Bactrim vs. Ciloxan

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

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Kills bacteria.

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
Treats eye infections.

Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) effectively treats pink eye and corneal ulcers caused by a variety of bacteria, but might not be good for more serious infections.

Upsides
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Eye drops
  • Eye ointment
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Reviews
473 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Sunburn
  • Rash
  • Harm to fetus
  • Lower kidney function
    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
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  • 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
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