Moxeza

1 What is Moxeza?

Brand: Moxeza, Vigamox

Generic: Moxifloxacin

Moxeza eye drops is a prescription medicine for eye infections, such as bacterial conjunctivitis.

The drug is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that works by targeting and killing the bacteria that are causing conjunctivitis.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Moxeza. The risks and benefits the medicine offer must be weighed. For this medicine, you and your doctor must consider the following:

Allergies

If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, including montelukast, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - foods, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.

Pediatric

Studies show that there are no pediatric-specific problems that would hinder the effectiveness of moxifloxacin in children. The safety and efficacy, however, are not established in infants 4 months old and younger.

Geriatric

Studies show that there are no geriatric-specific problems that would limit the effectiveness of moxifloxacin in the elderly.

Drug Interactions

Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines while using this eye solution. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.

Using moxifloxacin with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

3 Proper Usage

To use Moxeza properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Do not use more or use it more often, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

To use the eye drops, you have to start with clean hands. Tilt back your head and pull the lower eyelid away from the eye, forming a pouch. Drop the solution into the pouch and close your eyes gently. Close your eyes for about 1 to 2 minutes to allow the solution “soak” the infection. Do not blink.

If you feel the drop did not get into the eye properly, apply another drop. Wash hands immediately after application. Do not let the tip applicator come in contact with any surface. Cover the container and keep it tightly closed.

To make sure your infection in the eye clear up completely, use this medicine for the prescribed period, regardless if the symptoms already disappeared after the first few doses. If you stop treatment too soon, the infection may come back or not clear up completely.

Dosing

Follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to dosage. The following information is only for the average dosage of this drug. The number of doses, the number of hours between doses, and how long you will take this drug depend on your health condition, your progress, and how well you react to this medicine.

For bacterial conjunctivitis in adults, teens, and children aged 4 months and older, apply one drop in the affected eye twice a day for at least 7 days.

Missed dose

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach. Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that are not in use.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Moxeza, there are some precautions you must take. Consult your doctor if the infection does not improve after a few days of treatment or have become worse.

Check with your doctor immediately if you are experiencing symptoms, such as:

  • the difficulty with swallowing,
  • cough,
  • fast heartbeat,
  • dizziness,
  • itching,
  • hives,
  • puffiness
  • swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue;
  • skin rash,
  • shortness of breath,
  • wheezing,
  • tightness in the chest,
  • unusual tiredness or weakness,

These symptoms could mean a serious allergic reaction which may need emergency medical attention. To avoid irritation from getting worse, do not wear contact lenses during treatment.

5 Potential Side Effects

While not all people using  may suffer from these side effects, you may need to call your doctor if any of these are present:

  • fainting or loss of consciousness
  • itching skin
  • fast or irregular breathing
  • rash
  • wheezing or tightness in the chest
  • swelling of the eyes or eyelids
  • Burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • Breathing difficulties
  • change in vision
  • dry eye
  • decreased vision
  • excessive tearing
  • pain in the eye
  • itching of the eye
  • redness of the eye
  • eye discharge
  • red, sore eyes
  • tearing
  • swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • Body aches or pain
  • a cough or hoarseness
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • congestion
  • decreased hearing
  • general body discomfort
  • fever or chills
  • runny nose
  • lower back or side pain
  • trouble with swallowing
  • painful or difficult urination
  • rubbing or pulling of the ears (in children)
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • sore throat
  • voice changes
  • vomiting and diarrhea (in infants)

Some of the side effects may take place and may not need special medical attention and usually go away as the body adjusts to the medicine during treatment.

Some patients may experience other side effects not listed above. If you want to report side effects, you may do so by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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