Generic Name: moxifloxacin ophthalmic (mox ee FLOCK sah sin)
Brand Names: Vigamox

What is Vigamox?

Vigamox is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills sensitive bacteria by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.

Vigamox is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Vigamox may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Important information

Do not touch the Vigamox dropper on to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

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Apply light pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down the tear duct.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor if you should wear them during treatment with Vigamox.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Vigamox?

Do not use Vigamox if you have a viral or fungal infection in the eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only. Do not use Vigamox if you have had an allergic reaction to it or other similar medicines in the past. Medicines similar to Vigamox include gatifloxacin ophthalmic (Zymar), gatifloxacin (Tequin), ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ofloxacin ophthalmic (Ocuflox), ofloxacin (Floxin), norfloxacin ophthalmic (Chibroxin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), levofloxacin ophthalmic (Quixin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and moxifloxacin (Avelox).

Vigamox is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether moxifloxacin passes into breast milk. Do not use Vigamox without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Vigamox?

Use Vigamox eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying Vigamox. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Shake the drops gently to be sure the medicine is well mixed. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct..

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye. Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it. Store Vigamox at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of Vigamox.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Vigamox is unlikely to threaten life. If an overdose is suspected or if the drops are ingested, call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.

What should I avoid?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Vigamox may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.

If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying Vigamox. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with Vigamox unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of Vigamox?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with Vigamox.

Some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, dryness, redness, tearing; or blurred vision may occur.

This is not a complete list of Vigamox side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Vigamox?

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with Vigamox unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Vigamox. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about Vigamox written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Moxifloxacin ophthalmic is available with a prescription under the brand name Vigamox in a solution formulation. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Vigamox, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medicine only for the indication prescribed.
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