Treats eye infections that are caused by bacteria. This medicine is a fluoroquinolone (floor-oh-KWIN-oh-lone) antibiotic.
Moxeza, VigamoxThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to moxifloxacin or to similar medicines such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), enoxacin (Penetrex®), gatifloxacin (Tequin?), levofloxacin (Levaquin®), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin?), norfloxacin (Noroxin®), ofloxacin (Floxin®), or trovafloxacin (Trovan®). Moxifloxacin that you take by mouth has the brand name Avelox®.
How to Use This Medicine
- Take your medicine as directed.
- Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
- To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
If a dose is missed:
- Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other antibiotic medicine.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine or drops in your eyes.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine, unless your doctor says it is okay.
- Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Rash or itching around your eyes.
- Severe redness, pain, or swelling that was not there before you started using the medicine.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dry eyes.
- Mild blurred vision.
- Mild burning or stinging in the eyes.
- More tears or crusting than usual in your eye.
- Red eyelids.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088