What should I know before taking this drug
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Moxifloxacin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Moxifloxacin is an anti infective / antibacterial drug belonging to fluoroquinolone group of antibiotics.
Moxifloxacin is used in the treatment of acute sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, skin infections, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, other ocular infection, and for prophylaxis of post exposure Anthrax.
Take moxifloxacin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take oral dose of moxifloxacin before or after meals with one glass of water at regular intervals as prescribed by your doctor. Take lots of oral fluids when on this medication.
Do not take antacids with moxifloxacin medication as it decreases the efficacy of moxifloxacin. However you may take it 2 hrs before or 6hrs after taking moxifloxacin medication.
Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better.
You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like
- Immune suppressive drugs ( cyclosporine)
- Oral hypoglycaemic drugs or insulin
- NSAIDS( Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Indomethacin)
- Oral steroid drugs( betamethasone, Dexamethasone, Prednisone )
- Anti arrhythmic drugs (amiodarone, sotalol)
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as moxifloxacin should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Kidney disease
- History of tendon or joint injury
- Seizure disorder
- Personal or family history of Long QT interval
Do not take moxifloxacin if you are having heart problems.
Old people: Moxifloxacin medication should be used cautiously in elderly individual as the risk of tendon injury is more when on this medication.
Pregnant woman: Moxifloxacin belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that moxifloxacin may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether moxifloxacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take moxifloxacin with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Moxifloxacin is available as tablet, injection, eye drops. Your doctor will prescribe them depending on the severity of the disease.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of Moxifloxacin are
Moxifloxacin may causes following side effects like
- Confusion, hallucination, unusual thoughts
When to consult the health expert about the side effects of moxifloxacin
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
- Sudden onset of pain, swelling , stiffness in joints( ankle or arm)
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Palpitations, irregular heart beat
- Tingling and numbness in any part of the body
Store moxifloxacin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure as moxifloxacin sensitizes the exposed skin causing burning sensation, rash etc. Use long sleeved clothes, sunscreen lotion (SPF-15) when you go out in sun to avoid photo toxicity.
Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea. Consult your doctor immediately if it is very severe as it could be a sign of new infection or pseudomembranous colitis.
Avoid taking dairy products (like milk, curd) with Moxifloxacin medication as it decreases its absorption. However you may continue to take it as a part of your regular meal.
Moxifloxacin impairs thought process and causes drowsiness. Avoid activities which require you to be alert.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team