Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic: MedlinePlus Medicines (2023)

pronounced like (mox ee phlox' a sin)

  • Why is this drug prescribed?
  • How should this remedy be used?
  • Other uses for this medicine
  • What special precautions should I take?
  • What special dietary requirements do I need to follow?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • What side effects can this medicine cause?
  • What should I know about the storage and disposal of this medicine?
  • What other information should I know?
  • brand names

Why is this drug prescribed?

Moxifloxacin eye solution is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis (rupture of the eye; infection of the membrane that lines the outside of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids). Moxifloxacin belongs to a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It works by killing the bacteria that are causing the infection.

How should this remedy be used?

Moxifloxacin is available as an eye solution (liquid) to be instilled in the eye. It is usually used three times a day for 7 days. Try to use it at the same time every day. Follow the directions on the prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts that you do not understand. Use moxifloxacin eye drops exactly as directed. Do not use more, less or more frequently than prescribed by your doctor.

You should expect your symptoms to improve during treatment. Contact your doctor if your symptoms don't go away or get worse, or if you develop other eye problems during treatment.

Use moxifloxacin eye drops until you have finished the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop using moxifloxacin eye drops too soon, your infection may not be completely cured and the bacteria may become resistant to the antibiotics.

When using moxifloxacin eye drops, be careful not to let the tip of the bottle touch your eye, fingers, face, or any other surface. If the tip touches another surface, bacteria can get into the eye drops. Using eye drops contaminated with bacteria can cause serious eye damage or vision loss. If you think your eye drops are contaminated, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

To use the eye drops, follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands well with soap and water.
  2. Check the dropper tip to make sure it is not chipped or cracked.
  3. Avoid touching your eye or anything else with the dropper tip; Eye drops and pipettes should be kept clean.
  4. While tilting your head back, pull the lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pocket.
  5. With the other hand, hold the dropper (tip down) as close to the eye as possible without touching it.
  6. Hold the remaining fingers of this hand against your face.
  7. Looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so a single drop lands in the pocket formed by the lower eyelid. Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid.
  8. Close your eyes for 2 to 3 minutes and tilt your head down as if you are looking at the floor. Try not to blink or squint your eyelids.
  9. Place a finger in the tear duct and apply gentle pressure.
  10. Wipe excess liquid off your face with a tissue.
  11. If you put more than one drop in the same eye, wait at least 5 minutes before putting the next drop in. If your doctor has told you to put moxifloxacin eye solution in both eyes, repeat steps 6 through 10 above for the other eye.
  12. Replace the dropper bottle cap and tighten. Do not wipe or rinse the dropper tip.
  13. Wash your hands to remove any medication.
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Other uses for this medicine

This drug can be prescribed for other purposes; Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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What special precautions should I take?

Before using moxifloxacin eye drops,

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to moxifloxacin (Avelox, Vigamox), other quinolone antibiotics such as cinoxacin (Cinobac) (not available in the US), ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Ciloxan), enoxacin (Penetrex) (in the US not available) are US), gatifloxacin (Tequin, Zymar), levofloxacin (Levaquin, Quixin, Iquix), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), nalidixic acid (NegGram) (not available in US), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin, Ocuflox ), sparfloxacin (Zagam), and a combination of trovafloxacin and alatrofloxacin (Trovan) (not available in the US), or other medications.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Your doctor may need to change the dosage of your medication or carefully monitor you for side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using moxifloxacin eye solution, contact your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you wear contact lenses. You should not wear contact lenses if you have symptoms of bacterial conjunctivitis.
  • You should know that bacterial conjunctivitis spreads easily. Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching your eyes. When the infection has cleared, you should wash or replace eye makeup, contact lenses, or other items that have touched the infected eye(s).

What special dietary requirements do I need to follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue with your normal diet.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not give a double dose to make up for a missed dose.

What side effects can this medicine cause?

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Moxifloxacin eye drops can cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or don't go away:

  • red, irritated, itchy, or watery eyes
  • blurred vision
  • eye pain
  • dry eyes
  • broken blood vessels in the eyes
  • runny nose
  • Cough

iIf you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

  • Sore throat, fever, chills and other signs of infection
  • ear pain or feeling of fullness
  • skin irritation
  • Urticaria
  • itch
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles or legs

Moxifloxacin eye drops can cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems using this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor can submit a report online to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program ( or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about the storage and disposal of this medicine?

Keep this medicine in the container it was supplied in, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excessive heat and humidity (not in the bathroom).

Medicines that are not needed must be disposed of in a special way so that pets, children and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local waste/recycling department to learn more about take-back programs in your community. For more information, visit the FDA's Safe Drug Disposal website ( for more information if you do not have access to a return program.

It's important to keep all medications out of the sight and reach of children, as many containers (e.g. weekly pill and eye-drop repellents, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can easily open them. To protect children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately store the medication in a safe place - out of sight and reach.

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What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Don't let anyone use your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after stopping treatment with moxifloxacin eye drops, contact your doctor.

It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you whenever you visit a doctor or stay in hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.

brand names

  • moxeza®
  • Vigamox®
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What is moxifloxacin ophthalmic eye drops used for? ›

Moxifloxacin eye solution is used to treat infections of the eye, including bacterial conjunctivitis. This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause conjunctivitis.

What should I avoid while taking moxifloxacin? ›

If you are taking aluminum or magnesium-containing antacids, iron supplements, multivitamins, didanosine (Videx®), sucralfate (Carafate®), or zinc, do not take them at the same time that you take this medicine. It is best to take these medicines at least 4 hours before or 8 hours after taking moxifloxacin.

How long should I use moxifloxacin eye drops? ›

Adults and children 4 months of age and older—Put one drop in the affected eye(s) 2 times a day for 7 days.

How long does moxifloxacin eye drops take to work? ›

How long does it take for Vigamox (moxifloxacin) to work? Vigamox (moxifloxacin) starts working right away since it is placed right where the infection is. You can expect your symptoms to improve within a couple days. Most people feel completely better after using Vigamox (moxifloxacin) for 4 days.

What infections does moxifloxacin treat? ›

Moxifloxacin is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia, and skin, and abdominal (stomach area) infections. Moxifloxacin is also used to prevent and treat plague (a serious infection that may be spread on purpose as part of a bioterror attack.

What is the side effects of moxifloxacin eye drops? ›

  • Blurred or decreased vision.
  • change in vision.
  • chest tightness.
  • hives, itching, skin rash.
  • pooling of whitish fluid visible on the colored part of the eye.
  • seeing floating spots before the eyes.
  • swelling of the eye.
  • unusual tiredness or weakness.

Can I drink coffee on moxifloxacin? ›

Examples of medications that can cause an intensified effect of caffeine include: Quinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), and moxifloxacin (Avelox)

How do I know if moxifloxacin is working? ›

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood and urine tests are needed to check for any unwanted effects.

Can moxifloxacin eye drops make you sick? ›

Moxifloxacin ophthalmic may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have: severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine; or. eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection).

When is the best time to take moxifloxacin? ›

This medicine may be taken with or without food. Take this medicine at the same time each day. Drink plenty of fluids with this medicine to help prevent some unwanted effects.

Is moxifloxacin a good antibiotic? ›

Moxifloxacin treats many types of bacterial infections but tends to be more expensive than alternative antibiotics. It must be used carefully because it can cause various side effects, some of which are rare but very serious.

Does moxifloxacin make you sleepy? ›

Moxifloxacin may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you. If these reactions are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.

What is the best antibiotic for eye infection? ›

Azithromycin ophthalmic (eye) solution is used to treat infections of the eye, such as bacterial conjunctivitis. Azithromycin belongs to a group of medicines called macrolide antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause conjunctivitis.

Is moxifloxacin eye drops safe? ›

Thus, based upon a review of adverse events and an assessment of ocular parameters, moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution 0.5% formulated without the preservative, benzalkonium chloride, is safe and well tolerated in pediatric (3 days-17 years of age) and nonpediatric (18-93 years) patients with bacterial conjunctivitis.

Why is moxifloxacin not used? ›

Moxifloxacin doesn't achieve adequate concentrations in the urine and for this reason, was never approved to treat UTIs. Assuming the patient has two infections, a different quinolone such as levofloxacin would be needed to provide adequate coverage to the patient.

Is moxifloxacin stronger than amoxicillin? ›

In conclusion, once-daily moxifloxacin is as effective and safe as twice-daily amoxicillin/clavulanate in the treatment of acute sinusitis. Moxifloxacin is associated with more rapid symptomatic relief.

Can you take Tylenol with moxifloxacin? ›

Interactions between your drugs

No interactions were found between moxifloxacin and Tylenol.

Is moxifloxacin an anti inflammatory? ›

We conclude that MXF suppresses the secretion of proinflammatory cytokines in human monocytes and THP-1 cells and that it exerts its anti-inflammatory effects in THP-1 cells by inhibiting NF-κB, ERK, and JNK activation. Its anti-inflammatory properties should be further assessed in clinical settings.

How long to use moxifloxacin eye drops after cataract surgery? ›

Moxifloxacin: Use one drop three (3) times a day about 8 hours apart for the next six (6) days. Then stop. Prednisolone acetate: Shake well before use. Use the drop three (3) times a day about 8 hours apart.

Can moxifloxacin cause permanent damage? ›

Fluoroquinolone medicines (which contain ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, pefloxacin, prulifloxacin and rufloxacin) can cause long-lasting, disabling and potentially permanent side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints and the nervous system.

Can moxifloxacin cause heart problems? ›

Moxifloxacin may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.

What happens if you have dairy with moxifloxacin? ›

Do not take moxifloxacin with dairy products such as milk or yogurt, or with calcium-fortified juice. You may eat or drink these products as part of a regular meal, but do not use them alone when taking moxifloxacin. They could make the medication less effective.

Does moxifloxacin cause anxiety? ›

Anxiety is sometimes recognized with the first dose of moxifloxacin, but it may take a few doses before anxiety is noticed. This effect is typically mild and resolves with continued treatment or with discontinuation of the drug.

Is moxifloxacin eye drops used for pink eye? ›

Moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye; infection of the membrane that covers the outside of the eyeballs and the inside of the eyelids). Moxifloxacin is in a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It works by killing the bacteria that cause infection.

How long does it take for antibiotic eye drops to clear pink eye? ›

With antibiotic treatment, symptoms usually go away in 2 to 3 days. But antibiotics only work for bacterial pink eye, not for the more common viral pink eye. Viral pink eye often improves on its own in 7 to 10 days.

What is the best eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis? ›

For bacterial conjunctivitis, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment to kill the infection-causing bacteria.
Antibiotic ointments that may be prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis include:
  • Bacitracin (Brand name: Baciguent)
  • Erythromycin (Brand name: Ilotycin)
  • Ciprofloxacin (Brand name: Ciloxan)
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How long should I sleep with an eye shield after cataract surgery? ›

While home, you may be allowed to remove your eye shield, but you should wear it when sleeping for at least a week to prevent eye injury. Full recovery from cataract surgery should be complete in about a month, although it can take up to three months for your eye to be completely healed.

When can I bend over to wash my hair after cataract surgery? ›

You should not bend over after cataract surgery for at least 2 weeks. Bending over will place pressure on the eye and this may cause unnecessary complications to your eye.

Does moxifloxacin eye drops need to be refrigerated? ›

Wait 5 minutes after applying this medication before applying any other medications to the eye. Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight; do not freeze.

Can I take Tylenol with moxifloxacin? ›

Interactions between your drugs

No interactions were found between moxifloxacin and Tylenol.


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