Moxifloxacin

Description

Moxifloxacin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat a variety of infections of the lungs, skin, and abdomen. You should avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to other fluoroquinolones. Use with caution in the elderly population as it increases the risk of Tendinitis and Tendon rupture.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Moxifloxacin

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Bone pain
  • Dark or clay colored stools
  • Dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Severe sunburn
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Nervousness
  • White patches in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Dry eyes

Uses of Moxifloxacin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Pneumonia
  • Skin and Structure Infection
  • Intra-abdominal Infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Plague
  • Anthrax
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 0.5 to 4 hours.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    Use of this medicine is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding due to the adverse effect on the development of the infant's joints. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of the doctor. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, diaper rash is necessary.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to moxifloxacin, other quinolones, or any other inactive ingredient present along with this medicine.

Tendinitis or tendon rupture

Avoid if you have a past history of tendinitis or tendon rupture after using Moxifloxacin

Myasthenia gravis

Avoid if you have a past history of myasthenia gravis or family history of myasthenia gravis.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.

Breast-feeding

Use of this medicine is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding due to the adverse effect on the development of the infant's joints. Use only if clearly needed under the supervision of the doctor. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, diaper rash is necessary.
General warnings

Tendinitis and tendon rupture

Use of Moxifloxacin will increase the risk to develop tendinitis or tendon rupture during the treatment or several months after treatment. It will affect the shoulder, hand, the back of your ankle, or other parts of your body. The risk is more if you are above 60 years of age and have a history of kidney, heart, or lung transplant and joint disease. You are also at high risk if you are on corticosteroids like dexamethasone, methylprednisolone or prednisone.

Drug-resistance

Usage of Moxifloxacin without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that is drug resistant.

Central nervous system effects

Moxifloxacin should be used with caution the patients with epilepsy or other CNS disorders. Discontinue the treatment if any symptoms appear until the exact cause is identified.

Pediatric use

The safety and effectiveness of Moxifloxacin is not established in the children less than 18 years of age.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Escitalopram

Ethinyl Estradiol

Corticosteroids

Quinidine

Aspirin

Antidiabetic drugs

Disease interactions

Central nervous system disorders

If you suffer from CNS disorder and you take Moxifloxacin, then you may experience tremors, restlessness, anxiety, confusion and hallucinations. Avoid consuming caffeine containing products like coffee, chocolates and energy drinks.

QT Prolongation

Avoid using Moxifloxacin if you experience any chest discomfort. Regular cardiac function tests are to be performed if you have any heart disease (arrhythmia) or family history of heart disease.

Colitis

Avoid taking Moxifloxacin if you experience severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stools after taking the medicine. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Moxifloxacin with or without food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Moxifloxacin works by inhibiting an enzyme required for a bacterial DNA to replicate.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Quinolones

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/11841

Moxifloxacin: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 24 March 2017]. Available from:

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[Internet]. 2017 [cited 24 March 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 24 March 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 9 February 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605016.html

[Internet]. 2018 [cited 9 February 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/23828

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Information on this page was last updated on 9 Feb 2018

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