What is this medication?
Moxifloxacin (Ophthalmic), Vigamox/Moxeza
Ophthalmic Antibiotic, Fluoroquinolone
Moxifloxacin (Ophthalmic)/Vigamox/Moxeza is officially indicated for bacterial conjunctivitis from sensitive organisms but is also prescribed off-label for ophthalmic surgical prophylaxis.
How does this medication work?
Moxifloxacin (Ophthalmic)/Vigamox/Moxeza inhibits DNA gyrase in bacteria which is important in protein synthesis. Blocking DNA gyrase results inhibits relaxation of supercoiled DNA so it cannot be used for protein synthesis and promotes the breakage of double stranded DNA eventually causing cell death. Humans do not have DNA gyrase which makes it an ideal target for antibiotics.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Moxifloxacin (Ophthalmic)/Vigamox/Moxeza make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
How should I take this medication?
Instill 1 drop into the affected eye(s) two or three times daily depending on the formulation used
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, use consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature. Apply light pressure to lacrimal sac (inside corner of eye near nose) for 60 seconds after application to prevent drainage of the drop from eye.
You Need to Avoid: Do not wear contact lenses during therapy, do not touch tip of applicator to any surfaces or to the eye itself to avoid contamination
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 2 to 25° C (36 to 77° F) protected from light, heat, and moisture. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Eye irritation, conjunctivitis, blurred vision, eye itch, eye discomfort, lacrimation, dry eye.
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