Compare Vantin vs. Cipro

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

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Vantin (cefpodoxime)

Prescription only

Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Vantin (cefpodoxime) 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
Upsides
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in two different forms: tablet and liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) is available as a generic.
  • The suspension may be taken with or without food.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
Downsides
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Vantin (cefpodoxime) can interact with your medications and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) can affect certain lab tests, let all your healthcare providers know that you're taking Vantin (cefpodoxime).
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
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Reviews
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755 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
17%
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diaper rash/fungal skin rash
    2%
  • Other skin rashes
    2%
  • Vomiting
    2%
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2possible side effects
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction
    • Allergy to antibiotics
  • New infection
    • Taking Vantin (cefpodoxime) for a long time
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
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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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