Avelox® (moxifloxacin) is a "broad-spectrum" antibiotic that belongs to a class of drugs known as fluoroquinolones or quinolones. These medications work by interfering with two important enzymes (topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase), which are necessary for bacteria to copy and repair DNA (important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply).
This medication comes in both tablet and injectable form, and is typically taken once a day. Although it does not matter what time of day you take Avelox, it is important to take it at the same time each day so that there are approximately 24 hours between doses.
As with any drug, Avelox can cause side effects. Some of the most common ones include dizziness, diarrhea, and nausea. By reviewing information about the product's specific uses, potential side effects, and dosing guidelines with your healthcare provider, you can ensure the drug's effectiveness and help minimize risks.
(Click Avelox for more information about the prescription drug Avelox, including more details on when and how to take it, what you should do if you miss a dose, and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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