Compare Ceftin vs. Avelox

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

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Avelox (moxifloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

Treats bacterial infections.

Avelox (moxifloxacin) effectively treats different types of bacterial infections, but is more expensive than its alternatives.

Upsides
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as a generic medicine.
  • Treats a variety of bacterial infections.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Might be a good treatment option for people with kidney problems.
  • Needs to be taken only once a day.
Downsides
  • Must take the liquid suspension with food.
  • Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
  • People with diabetes need to check their blood sugar levels regularly while taking Avelox (moxifloxacin).
  • Cannot be taken at the same time as antacids or vitamins.
  • Avelox (moxifloxacin) can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight and make you more likely to get a rash.
  • Relatively more expensive compared to similar alternatives.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
8possible side effects
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    6%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Vomiting
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Stomach pain
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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  • Tendon rupture and inflammation
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Those with a history of myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Effects on heartbeat
    • Those with a history of heart rhythm problems
    • Taking other medicines that also affect your heart rhythm
    • Those with liver problems
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