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Vigamox


Vigamox

Generic Name: moxifloxacin (Ophthalmic route)

mox-i-FLOX-a-sin

Oral routeTablet

Fluoroquinolones, including moxifloxacin hydrochloride, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants .

Fluoroquinolones, including moxifloxacin hydrochloride, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. Risk further increases with age over 60 years, concomitant steroid therapy, and kidney, heart, or lung transplants .

Intravenous routeSolution

Fluoroquinolones, including moxifloxacin hydrochloride, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is further increased in older patients usually over 60 years of age, in patients taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants .

Fluoroquinolones, including moxifloxacin hydrochloride, are associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. Risk further increases with age over 60 years, concomitant steroid therapy, and kidney, heart, or lung transplants .

Commonly used brand name(s):

In the U.S.

  • Vigamox

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic

Chemical Class: Fluoroquinolone

Uses For Vigamox

Moxifloxacin belongs to the family of medicines called antibiotics. Moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution (eye drops) is used to treat infections of the eye, such as bacterial conjunctivitis. Ophthalmic moxifloxacin works by killing the bacteria in your eye.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using Vigamox

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Although there is no specific information comparing use of moxifloxacin eye drops in children with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in older adults. This medicine should not be used in children younger than one year old.

Geriatric

Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. Moxifloxacin eye drops are not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than they do in younger adults.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersCAnimal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Cisapride
  • Dronedarone
  • Mesoridazine
  • Pimozide
  • Thioridazine
  • Ziprasidone

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acarbose
  • Acetohexamide
  • Acetophenazine
  • Ajmaline
  • Alfuzosin
  • Alosetron
  • Amiodarone
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amoxapine
  • Arsenic Trioxide
  • Asenapine
  • Benfluorex
  • Bretylium
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Chlorpropamide
  • Clomipramine
  • Desipramine
  • Disopyramide
  • Dofetilide
  • Dothiepin
  • Doxepin
  • Droperidol
  • Encainide
  • Erythromycin
  • Ethopropazine
  • Flecainide
  • Fluphenazine
  • Gliclazide
  • Glimepiride
  • Glipizide
  • Gliquidone
  • Glyburide
  • Guar Gum
  • Ibutilide
  • Iloperidone
  • Imipramine
  • Insulin
  • Insulin Aspart, Recombinant
  • Insulin Glulisine
  • Insulin Lispro, Recombinant
  • Lapatinib
  • Lidocaine
  • Lofepramine
  • Lumefantrine
  • Metformin
  • Methadone
  • Methotrimeprazine
  • Mexiletine
  • Miglitol
  • Moricizine
  • Nilotinib
  • Nortriptyline
  • Opipramol
  • Paliperidone
  • Pazopanib
  • Perphenazine
  • Pipotiazine
  • Pirmenol
  • Prajmaline
  • Procainamide
  • Prochlorperazine
  • Promazine
  • Promethazine
  • Propafenone
  • Propiomazine
  • Protriptyline
  • Quinidine
  • Ranolazine
  • Recainam
  • Sotalol
  • Sunitinib
  • Telavancin
  • Tetrabenazine
  • Thiethylperazine
  • Tocainide
  • Tolazamide
  • Tolbutamide
  • Trifluoperazine
  • Triflupromazine
  • Trimeprazine
  • Trimipramine
  • Troglitazone
  • Warfarin

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Betamethasone
  • Corticotropin
  • Cortisone
  • Cosyntropin
  • Deflazacort
  • Dexamethasone
  • Fludrocortisone
  • Fluocortolone
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Paramethasone
  • Prednisolone
  • Prednisone
  • Rifampin
  • Triamcinolone

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Proper Use of Vigamox

To use:

  • First, wash your hands. Tilt the head back and pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, use another drop.
  • Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To keep the medicine as germ free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye).

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

To keep the medicine as germ free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including your eye).

You should not wear your contact lenses if you have any signs or symptoms of an eye infection.

For ophthalmic solution (eye drops) dosage form:

  • For bacterial conjunctivitis (eye infections)
    • Adults and children 1 year of age and older—One drop in your infected eye(s) three times a day for 7 days.
    • Children up to 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using Vigamox

If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, fast heartbeat, hives, itching, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips or tongue, shortness of breath, skin rash, tightness in chest, unusual tiredness or weakness or wheezing. These could be symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Vigamox Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence unknown
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • fast or irregular breathing
  • itching
  • skin rash
  • swelling of eyes or eyelids
  • tightness in chest, and/or wheezing
  • trouble in breathing

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More Common
  • Burning, dry or itching eyes
  • change in vision
  • decreased vision
  • dry eye
  • eye discharge
  • itching of eye
  • pain in eye
  • redness of eye
  • swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
  • tearing
Less common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough or hoarseness
  • decreased hearing
  • dryness or soreness of throat
  • fever or chills
  • general body discomfort
  • lower back or side pain
  • painful or difficult urination
  • rash
  • rubbing or pulling of the ears (in children)
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • tender, swollen glands in neck
  • trouble in swallowing
  • voice changes
  • vomiting and diarrhea (in infants)

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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  • Vigamox Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Vigamox Drops MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Vigamox Consumer Overview

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