Moxifloxacin - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Moxifloxacin: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Moxifloxacin?

Moxifloxacin is a medicine that belongs to the class of fluoroquinolones antibiotics drugs that is primarily useful to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human body. It is available as tablets, an ophthalmic solution (eye drop), and an intravenous (IV) drug. It proves highly efficient for pneumonia, conjunctivitis, endocarditis, tuberculosis, and sinusitis. Although an effective drug to treat bacterial infections, Moxifloxacin should be used only after a doctor’s advice.

What are the uses of Moxifloxacin?

Uses of Moxifloxacin vary depending on your doctor’s prescription. However, it is an antibiotic that is primarily used to treat bacterial infections. This drug is ineffective in curing or treating viral infections, such as the common cold, and should not be taken in that case.

Some major bacterial infections Moxifloxacin works for effectively:

  • Sinus and lung infections.
  • Pneumonia.
  •  Skin infections.
  • Plague (bioterror attacks).
  • Stomach issues and infections.
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What are the side effects of Moxifloxacin?

Side effects of Moxifloxacin vary from mild to severe. The following is a list of common side effects you may experience after taking Moxifloxacin in a higher dosage or at irregular timing. The list is not exhaustive; please consult your doctor or call Yashoda Hospitals to understand better Moxifloxacin’s uses, precautions, and side effects.

  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Dizziness and nervousness.
  • Agitation and sleep issues.
  • Liver or kidney failure.
  • Seizures.
  • Tendon rupture.
  • Heart rhythm problems.
  • Muscle and joint pain.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Moxifloxacin

1. Are Moxifloxacin eye drops safe?

Upon extensive review and research of events and an assessment of ocular parameters, Moxifloxacin ophthalmic solution is considered highly effective as eye drops for infections. It is safe to be used for pediatric (3 days-17 years of age) and non-pediatric (18-93 years) patients with the instance of bacterial conjunctivitis.

2. Can Moxifloxacin eye drops be used for an ear infection?

Yes, Moxifloxacin is an effective antibiotic drug that works for ear infections. To treat ear infections, Moxifloxacin is used in the form of drops that relieves the bacterial symptoms in the ear by preventing the further growth of the causative microorganisms. It is only for external usage and should be taken per the doctor-advised dosage.

3. Is Moxifloxacin the same as Besivance?

No, they are not the same. While both Moxifloxacin and Besivance are antibiotics, the former treats several bacterial infections, including bacterial eye infections. At the same time, the latter is helpful to treat only bacterial eye infections. Due to their different functions and chemical composition, Moxifloxacin and Besivance should not be interchanged or substituted.

4. What kind of antibiotic is Moxifloxacin?

Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic that belongs to the class of fluoroquinolones, which treat bacterial infection by killing the bacteria present in the affected area. Essentially, Moxifloxacin is a part of a bigger group of antibiotics approved to treat or prevent certain types of bacterial growth in the human body.

5. Can you use Moxifloxacin for UTI?

No, Moxifloxacin is an ineffective antibiotic to treat urinary and urogenital infections since it does not generate the necessary urine concentrations to result in appropriate eradication rates. Despite having the ability of in-vitro activity against the bacteria known to cause UTIs, Moxifloxacin does not aid in mitigating UTI.

6. Can you drink alcohol with Moxifloxacin?

No. While on Moxifloxacin, you should not consume alcohol as the combination of alcohol and any medicine increases the chances of liver problems. While taking Moxifloxacin, it is also advised to stay away from extensive physical activity. This drug is prone to cause tendon injuries as one of its side effects.

7. Is Moxifloxacin penicillin?

Although Moxifloxacin and penicillin are similar in their functions (they both are used to treat bacterial infections), they are not identical chemically and clinically. In terms of clinical and bacteriological response, Moxifloxacin is equivalent to penicillin for treating acute bacterial sinusitis in adults and other infections.

8. What can you not take with Moxifloxacin?

Moxifloxacin does not integrate well with many other drugs as it is a strong antibiotic. Keep an 8-hour gap between taking these drugs (aluminum or magnesium-containing antacids, iron supplements, multivitamins, didanosine, sucralfate, or zinc) and Moxifloxacin. We suggest that you consult your doctor before.

9. What is the best time to take Moxifloxacin?

Since Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic, you need to take the drug for a pre-defined time frame to complete your therapy. It usually varies from 5 to 21 days, depending on your bacterial infection severity. Talk to your doctor; the standard time is once a day before or after food.

10. What bacteria does Moxifloxacin treat?

Moxifloxacin treats infections caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
Sinus and lung infections.
Skin infections.
Stomach issues and infections.

While you may not be aware of them, your doctor would know; bacteria such as Streptococcus constellatus, Streptococcus pneumonia, Streptococcus anginosus, Haemophilus influenzae, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, and Moraxella catarrhalis that cause stomach, intestinal, lung, brain, UTI, wound, and liver infections.

Talk to our experts today at Yashoda Hospitals to know more about the precautions, uses, dosages and side effects of Moxifloxacin.

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