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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking moxifloxacin (Avelox)?
You should not use this medication if you have a history of myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to moxifloxacin or similar antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gemifloxacin (Factive), levofloxacin (Levaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), and others.
To make sure you can safely take moxifloxacin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether moxifloxacin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether moxifloxacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using moxifloxacin.
Moxifloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the fiber that connects bones to muscles in the body), especially in the Achilles' tendon of the heel. These effects may be more likely to occur if you are over 60, if you take steroid medication, or if you have had a kidney, heart, or lung transplant. Stop taking moxifloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have sudden pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints. Rest the joint until you receive medical care or instructions.
Do not share this medication with another person (especially a child), even if they have the same symptoms you do.
How should I take moxifloxacin (Avelox)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take moxifloxacin with a full glass of water (8 ounces). Drink several extra glasses of fluid each day while you are taking moxifloxacin.
Moxifloxacin may be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time each day.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Moxifloxacin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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