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MOXIFLOXACIN – OPHTHALMIC (mox-ih-FLOX-uh-sin)
Common Brand Name(s)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Vigamox
This medication is a quinolone antibiotic used for eye infections.
What are vigamox uses?
To get the best results use this medication exactly as your doctor tells you for the total time prescribed. If you stop this medication too early the infection may relapse. Do not let the dropper touch any surface and always wash your hands before use to avoid contamination. Tilt your head backwards and look up. Pull down your lower eyelid to make a pouch, place dropper over your eye and instill the prescribed number of drops. Look down and gently close your eye for 1-2 minutes. Place a finger in the corner of your eye, applying gentle pressure, this will prevent the medication from draining out of your eye. Do not rub your eye and try not to blink. Wait at least 5 minutes between medications if you use other eye drops. Sterilize contact lenses before use and check with your doctor before use. If your condition hasn’t improved after 7 days tell your doctor.
What are vigamox side effects
Watery eyes, blurred vision, eye dryness/pain/itchiness/redness may occur. If these persist or worsen tell your doctor. Your doctor has assessed the risks and benefits and prescribed this drug to you as they believe the benefits outweigh the risks. Most people using this medication do not experience serious side effects. If you have any of these serious side effects tell your doctor: swelling of the eyes. Serious allergic reactions to this drug are rare however if you have any of these symptoms of allergic reaction get medical assistance right away: swelling/itching (especially of the tongue/throat/face), trouble breathing, dizziness, rash. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects, if you notice other side effects talk to your doctor promptly.
What precautions should I take?
Tell your doctor about all allergies medicinal or otherwise especially of allergies to this medication or to quinolone antibiotics (for example ciprofloxacin). This medication can contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for more details. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about your medical history, especially of contact lens use. Your vision may temporarily be blurry or unstable after using this drug, do not use machinery, drive or do any activity requiring clear vision until you are sure you can safely perform those activities. Using this medication over a prolonged period of time or repeatedly may result in a second infection. During pregnancy this medication should only be used when clearly needed, you can discuss risks and benefits with your doctor. Consult your doctor before you breast-feed as it is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk.
Are there any drug interactions?
Drug interactions can potentially change how your medications work or can increase your risk for serious side effects. This document is not a complete list of all potential drug interactions. Make a list of all of the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription medications as well as herbal products) and share it with your pharmacist and doctor before tgn this medication. Do not begin taking, stop taking, or increase/decrease the dosage of any medications without your doctor’s approval.
If swallowed this medication can be harmful. If someone is experiencing serious symptoms such as passing out or having trouble breathing call 911 or poison control right away.
This medication has been prescribed by your doctor for only your current condition. Do not use it again for another infection unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Do not give this medication to others for use.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of vigamox use it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of the next dose skip the one you missed and use your next dose at your regular time. Never double the dose to catch up.
This medication should be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Keep it away from moisture and light. Do not freeze this medication. If the solution changes colour, contains particles, or turns cloudy do not freeze. Keep medication away from pets and children. Unless instructed to do so do not pour medications down the drain. Discard of this product properly when it is no longer needed or when it is expired. For proper disposal instructions consult your pharmacist or a local waste disposal company.