1 What is Iquix?

Brand: Iquix, Quixin

Generic: Levofloxacin

Iquix is an antibiotic that kills bacteria. Doctors use Levofloxacin eye drops to treat bacterial infection in the eye.

Levofloxacin belongs to the fluoroquinolone class. Levofloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic effective against several types of infectious bacteria.

Levofloxacin eye drops require a prescription and must be used only with doctor’s instructions.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Iquix, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Levofloxacin before using Levofloxacin eye drops. You cannot use Levofloxacin eye drops if you are allergic to Levofloxacin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin and Gatifloxacin.

Tell the doctor all the medicines you take before receiving Levofloxacin eye drops.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell it to your doctor before using Levofloxacin eye drops. Levofloxacin is an FDA pregnancy category C drug and can be harmful to the unborn baby when given to pregnant patients.

Levofloxacin may be expressed in breast milk and cause harm to small children, so do not nurse when taking Levofloxacin eye drops.

3 Proper Usage

To use Iquix properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Only use Levofloxacin eye drops according to doctor’s instructions. Make sure to apply Levofloxacin eye drops correctly to avoid contamination of the medication.

Levofloxacin eye drops should be applied to the eyes only. Apply Levofloxacin eye drops at the same time every day.

Here are instructions for using Levofloxacin eye drops:

  • Wash your hands before handling the medication
  • To apply, first tilt the head back
  • Using an index finger, carefully pull the lower eyelid so it forms a ‘pouch'.
  • With the other hand, drop the medication into the lower eyelid ‘pouch’ and gently close your eyes
  • Immediately use a finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye and press for 1 to 2 minutes. This will prevent the medication from traveling into the tear gland duct so it stays in the eye
  • Blot excess medicine with a clean, dry tissue, taking care not to touch the eye
  • Replace the cap on the medication bottle
  • Wash your hands again to remove any traces of the medicine left

It is very important to keep the applicator tip clean to avoid contamination. Make sure the application tip does not touch any surface, including the eye.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them first before applying Levofloxacin eye drops.

Always use Levofloxacin eye drops and other antibiotics and finish the full course of treatment, even if you are already feeling better. This will prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics.

If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to the scheduled dose.

Do not increase the dose of Levofloxacin eye drops to make up for the missed dose.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Iquix, there are some precautions you must take.

Eye drop medicines like Levofloxacin eye drops may obscure vision for a while. Do not engage in activities that require clear eyesight after using Levofloxacin eye drops, like driving or operating heavy machinery.

Always finish the entire course of antibiotic treatment. Using antibiotics for long periods or repeatedly may cause the development of the second infection.

If the infection does occur, call the doctor immediately. Call your doctor if you became pregnant or breastfed while taking Levofloxacin eye drops.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Iquix.

Make sure to call the doctor if you experience the following while using Levofloxacin eye drops:

  • Severe allergic reaction such as rash, hives, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • Severe burning, irritation or swelling in the eye
  • Unusual or prolonged vision changes

Levofloxacin eye drops may cause the following minor side effects that are not harmful:

  • Sensation of foreign particle in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Unusual changes in taste
  • Irritation of the throat
  • Headache