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Avelox is a medication used for treating infections caused by many different types of bacteria. It comes in tablet and injectable form, and is generally taken once a day. It is a quinolone antibiotic that stops bacteria from multiplying by interfering with certain enzymes. Before your healthcare provider prescribes Avelox, make sure he or she knows if you have hypokalemia, epilepsy, or any allergies.

What Is Avelox?

Avelox® (moxifloxacin) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It is a powerful "broad-spectrum" antibiotic that is effective against many different types of bacteria.
(Click Avelox Uses for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Avelox is manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How Does It Work?

Avelox belongs to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, also known as quinolones. These medications work 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).

When and How to Take Avelox

Some general considerations for those taking Avelox include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet and injectable form. It is usually taken once a day.
  • You can take Avelox with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Avelox can be taken at any time of the day; however, be sure to take the medication at the same time each day so that there are approximately 24 hours between doses.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Avelox will not work adequately if you stop taking it too soon.
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