Generic Name: moxifloxacin ophthalmic (MOX i FLOX a sin)Brand Names: Vigamox
Moxifloxacin ophthalmic is an antibiotic.
Moxifloxacin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.
Moxifloxacin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about moxifloxacin ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down the tear duct.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment with moxifloxacin ophthalmic.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using moxifloxacin ophthalmic?Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in the eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic if you have had an allergic reaction to it or other similar medicines in the past. Medicines similar to moxifloxacin ophthalmic include gatifloxacin ophthalmic (Zymar), gatifloxacin (Tequin), ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin ophthalmic (Ocuflox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin ophthalmic (Chibroxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and moxifloxacin (Avelox). Moxifloxacin ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether moxifloxacin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use moxifloxacin ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying moxifloxacin ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.
To apply the eye drops:
Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct..
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to threaten life. If an overdose is suspected or if the drops are ingested, call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying moxifloxacin ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with moxifloxacin ophthalmic unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with this medication.
Some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, dryness, redness, tearing; or blurred vision may occur.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Bacterial Conjunctivitis:
1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times daily for 7 days.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Bacterial Conjunctivitis:
>1 year: 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times daily for 7 days.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with moxifloxacin ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.