Compare Ceftin vs. Zymaxid

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

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Zymaxid (gatifloxacin)

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 eye infections.

Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye caused by bacteria, but must be applied multiple times a day.

Upsides
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
  • Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye.
  • Directly applying Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) to the eye(s) helps you avoid systemic side effects such as diarrhea and sun sensitivity.
  • Inexpensive generic Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) drops are available.
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.
  • Requires frequent applications, especially during the first few days of treatment.
  • Directly applying Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) to the eyes can be irritating.
  • Must be applied more frequently than some alternatives.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
  • Eye drops
Price
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Side effects
The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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