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Avelox® (moxifloxacin) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. It is commonly used for treating bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinus infections. In order to help minimize risks during treatment with Avelox, safety information for the drug should be reviewed as it pertains to your particular situation.
For example, it is important to know that Avelox can cause a potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as QT prolongation, increase your risk of developing nerve problems or central nervous system problems, and lead to severe allergic reactions. Therefore, you should contact your healthcare provider if you develop any side effects or potential symptoms of these conditions.
You may not be able to take Avelox safely if you have certain existing medical conditions. Therefore, it is recommended that you talk to your healthcare provider before using the antibiotic if you have:
- Low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalemia)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening and thickening of the arteries of the brain)
- An irregular heart rhythm known as long QT syndrome
- Had a heart, liver, or lung transplant
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure).
(Click Avelox Warnings and Precautions for more information about the safety of Avelox, including a more complete list of side effects or complications that may occur with this drug and warnings on who should not use this particular antibiotic.)