Avelox® (moxifloxacin) is an antibiotic that is used for treating various types of bacterial infections. It belongs to a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones, which work by interfering with two important enzymes (topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase) necessary for bacteria to copy and repair DNA, which are important steps in order for bacteria to multiply.
This medication is available by prescription only and comes in both tablet and injectable form. The tablet form of Avelox is taken by mouth, typically once a day. You can take the antibiotic either with food or on an empty stomach, but you should try it with food if it causes stomach upset. Avelox tablets are only available in one strength -- 400 mg.
Avelox can be taken at any time of the day; however, it is important that you take the medication at the same time each day so that there are approximately 24 hours between doses. Try not to miss doses, as this increases the risk of developing an antibiotic-resistant infection. You should finish your entire prescription, even if you start to feel better.
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