Moxifloxacin - ophthalmic
Moxifloxacin - ophthalmic
This medication is a quinolone antibiotic used for eye infections.
For best results, use exactly as directed for the full time prescribed. Stopping this medication too soon may result in a relapse of the infection.
To apply eye drops, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, do not let the dropper tip touch any surface.
Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place the dropper directly over eye and instill the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper.
If you are using other kinds of eye drops, wait at least five minutes before applying the other medications.
Do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Sterilize contact lenses according to manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them.
Inform you doctor if your condition does not improve in 7 days.
Blurred vision, watery eyes, eye pain/dryness/redness/itchiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
In the US -
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection.
This drug should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store this medicine in the refrigerator or at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Discard the solution if it changes color, turns cloudy, or if it contains particles. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised November 2017.
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