What do moxifloxacin tablets do?
MOXIFLOXACIN (Avelox(TM)) is an antibiotic. It kills certain bacteria or stops their growth. It is used to treat bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, and certain skin infections. Generic moxifloxacin tablets are not yet available.
What should my health care professional know before I take moxifloxacin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• heart disease
• liver disease
• long exposure to sunlight (working outdoors)
• seizures (convulsions)
• stomach problems (especially colitis)
• tendon or joint pain
• other chronic conditions
• an unusual or allergic reaction to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take moxifloxacin tablets by mouth with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow tablets whole with a full glass of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber’s advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with moxifloxacin?
• aluminum salts
• certain heart medications for irregular rhythm (e.g., amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, encainide, flecainide, ibutilide, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol, tocainide)
• certain medications for depression or other mental problems (e.g., tricyclic antidepressants, amoxapine, maprotiline, phenothiazines, haloperidol, pimozide, risperidone, and sertindole)
• didanosine (ddI)
• diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) which can cause low potassium levels
• iron (ferrous sulfate) preparations
• magnesium salts
• multivitamins containing iron, manganese, or zinc
• zinc salts
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking moxifloxacin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Rare or uncommon:
• difficulty breathing
• irregular heartbeat, palpitations or chest pain
• joint, muscle or tendon pain
• severe or watery diarrhea
• skin rash, itching
• swelling of the face or neck
• tingling in hands or feet
• tremor or restlessness
• unusual tiredness or weakness
• vision problems
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• difficulty sleeping
• nausea or stomach upset