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How Cetraxal Works, Who Can Take It, and Off-Label Indications

How Does Cetraxal Work?

Cetraxal belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or sometimes "quinolones" for short. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to kill bacteria that cause infections. Cetraxal interferes with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is needed by the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.

Can Children Use It?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as one year old. Cetraxal should not be used in children younger than one year, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults appear to respond to, and tolerate, this medication as well as younger age groups.

Is Cetraxal Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than outer ear infections. This is referred to as an "off-label" use. Cetraxal may sometimes be used off-label to treat otitis media (middle ear infections).

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