Cetraxal

(ciprofloxacin)

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Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear).

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Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.

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Quick facts about Cetraxal
  • Drug class: Ear
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ciprofloxacin)

Upsides

  • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic that treats many common bacteria.
  • It's usually only given twice a day.
  • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is available as a generic, so you shouldn't need to pay the higher price of the brand version.
  • It comes in individual droppers, so it's convenient to take.
  • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is safe to use in children 1 year of age and older.
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Downsides

  • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
  • Stop using Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) right away if a rash develops on or in your ear.
  • You need to take Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) until you've used up all of the droppers. Otherwise the infection can come back and get worse.
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How it works

Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.

Quick facts about Cetraxal
  • Drug class: Ear
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ciprofloxacin)

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Dosage forms

  • Ear drops
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What to expect when you take Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) for Ear infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Secondary infection
  • Pain
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Side effect rates for Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

From 300 clinical trials of Cetraxal when taken for ear infection

Risks and Warnings for Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

    Using Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) when you don't have an infection can cause normal bacteria to become resistant to the medication. Make sure to only use it for the exact amount of time your doctor recommends. Don't use it for longer than your doctor tells you.

Common concerns from people taking Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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