Antibiotics Home > More Info on Avelox Indications
Avelox belongs to a group of medications known as fluoroquinolones, sometimes known just as "quinolones" for short. It works by interfering with two important bacterial enzymes (topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase). These enzymes are necessary for bacteria to be able to copy and repair DNA (important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply).
Avelox is not approved for use in children. Studies have shown that the drug can cause muscle or joint problems in young animals, and it is possible that similar problems can occur in humans.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Avelox for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. The medication is frequently used off-label to treat many other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to Avelox. Also, using the drug to prevent (instead of treat) any type of infection is considered an off-label Avelox use. The medication may also be used off-label to prevent infections after exposure to inhaled anthrax.