moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution (eye drops)
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02252260 ||VIGAMOX OPHTALMIC SOLUTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Moxifloxacin belongs to the class of medications known as fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that are used to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat eye infections called bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) in people 12 months and older. It works by killing the bacteria that cause the infection.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Moxifloxacin eye drops are usually used for a period of one week. Use one drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times a day while awake. You should space the doses evenly throughout the day.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Use it for the full length of time your doctor has recommended, even if you have started to feel better.
To use the eye drops:
- Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
- Remove the cap and place it in a clean location. To avoid possible contamination, keep the tip of the container away from contact with any surface.
- Tilt your head back and look towards the ceiling.
- With your index finger, gently pull the lower eyelid down and away from the eye to form a pouch.
- Apply one drop into the pouch but do not allow the tip of the container to touch the eye or areas around the eye.
- Gently apply pressure to the inner corner of the eye (at the bridge of the nose) for about 30 seconds. (This is called nasolacrimal occlusion.) This prevents the medication from dripping down through the tear duct and entering the bloodstream, which could cause you to experience some side effects.
- Repeat with the other eye, if prescribed by your physician.
- Wash your hands again to remove any medication.
Safely discard any medication remaining in the dropper bottle after you have used the medication for the full length of time recommended by your doctor. Discard any remaining medication 28 days after opening the bottle.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you the correct method of applying eye drops. It is very important to avoid touching the dropper tip to any surface, skin, or your eye. This contamination can result in a bacterial infection. Report any signs of an eye infection (e.g., redness, irritation, pain) to your doctor immediately.
If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of ophthalmic solution contains moxifloxacin base 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: boric acid, purified water, and sodium chloride. May also contain hydrochloric acid/sodium hydroxide to adjust pH.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to moxifloxacin or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to any fluoroquinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, gatifloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin)