Antibiotics Home > More Facts About Moxifloxacin Eye Drops
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to using this medication, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Vigamox and Pregnancy or Moxeza and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Vigamox and Breastfeeding or Moxeza and Breastfeeding).
How Do Moxifloxacin Eye Drops Work?Moxifloxacin eye drops belong 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 copy and repair DNA, which are important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply.
When and How to Take ItGeneral considerations to keep in mind when using moxifloxacin eye drops include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is usually used in the affected eye(s) three times daily (for Vigamox) or twice daily (for Moxeza) for seven days.
- In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- You should not wear contact lenses while using moxifloxacin eye drops, since you should not wear contacts while you have an eye infection.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Be sure to use moxifloxacin eye drops for the full time prescribed, even if your eye infection gets better sooner.