Compare Cipro vs. Zymaxid

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Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only

Zymaxid (gatifloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 755 reviewsforCipro
Treats eye infections.

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

Upsides
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
  • 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
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be used with caution if you have kidney problems.
  • If you drink caffeine while on Cipro (ciprofloxacin), you may notice increased effects of the caffeine.
  • Some bacteria have developed resistance to Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can interact with many other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, over-the-counter products, and supplements you are taking before starting Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • 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
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
  • Eye drops
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Reviews
755 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
17%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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The Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Tendon rupture
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Central nervous system effects
    • Central nervous system disorders
    • Seizures
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • Use with other QT prolonging drugs
    • History of heart disease
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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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