it was prescribed due to catarack removal
Although the first patent for Vigamox (moxifloxacin eye drops) expired in June 2012, no generic versions are available yet. The drug's next patent is set to expire in September 2014. Moxifloxacin is the active ingredient in Vigamox -- it is not a generic form of the drug.
If you cannot afford Vigamox or your plan only covers generics, talk to your ophthalmologist/surgeon about it. Often times these guys have TONS of samples so he/she can set you up with enough samples OR they can write you a prescription for a comparable antibiotic that does come in generic form. Most surgeons get into the habit of using certain drugs after cataract surgery and just automatically prescribe their favorites without taking price into consideration but they can give an alternative if you ask them and explain the reason why. The surgeon would rather see you be able to be compliant with using a medication after surgery rather than skipping it because you cant afford it and ending up with a complication-infection after cataract surgery can cost you the eye if it is severe enough and even at best, a post op infection would likely require additional even more invasive surgery like a vitrectomy. If cost of a non generic is an issue, just ask him to write for a different medication that is available generic.
- Vigamox Information for Consumers
- Vigamox Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vigamox (detailed)
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