Compare Spectracef vs. Cipro

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


Spectracef (cefditoren)

Prescription only

Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Spectracef (cefditoren) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

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
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can be taken with birth control pills.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) is available as a generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take Spectracef (cefditoren) and antacids at the same time. Your pharmacist can help you figure out when the best time to take your antacids is.
  • If you're diabetic, Spectracef (cefditoren) can cause a false positive result if you're using Clinitest to measure your urine sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about alternative urine sugar tests.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can also affect other lab test so let your physicians know that you're taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
  • 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).
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  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
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Side effects
The Spectracef (cefditoren) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
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Risks and risk factors
  • Risk of bleeding
    • Poor nutritional state
    • Prolonged treatment
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Penicillin allergy
    • History of penicillin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Spectracef (cefditoren) for a long time
  • Milk protein allergy
  • Low carnitine levels
    • Carnitine deficiency
    • Kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • Low muscle mass
  • Diarrhea
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  • 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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