moxifloxacin ophthalmic (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using moxifloxacin ophthalmic (Vigamox)?
Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic if you have a viral or fungal infection in the eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only.
Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic if you have had an allergic reaction to it or other similar medicines in the past. Medicines similar to moxifloxacin ophthalmic include gatifloxacin ophthalmic (Zymar), gatifloxacin (Tequin), ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin ophthalmic (Ocuflox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin ophthalmic (Chibroxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and moxifloxacin (Avelox).
Moxifloxacin ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether moxifloxacin ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use moxifloxacin ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use moxifloxacin ophthalmic (Vigamox)?
Use moxifloxacin ophthalmic eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying moxifloxacin ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.
Store moxifloxacin ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
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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