Several different bacterial infections can be treated with Avelox. Uses of the antibiotic include the treatment of pneumonia, skin infections, bronchitis, and sinus infections. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Avelox uses, such as treating infections caused by bacteria that are susceptible to Avelox and preventing (instead of treating) infections. The medication is not approved for use in children.
Avelox® (moxifloxacin) is an antibiotic used to treat several different types of infections in adults, including:
Avelox is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Some bacteria do not respond to the drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions across the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Avelox in certain parts of the country but not in others. Like all antibiotics, Avelox is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
Avelox is a "broad-spectrum" antibiotic, which means it is effective against a wide variety of different types of bacteria. It is often used to treat an infection while tests are being done to see which antibiotics are effective for treating a specific infection. If the results of such tests show that an antibiotic with a narrower spectrum of activity will be effective, your healthcare provider may choose to switch you to such an antibiotic. Doing so may help limit antibacterial resistance, since overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics may increase the risk of developing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.