What is Avelox® (Moxifloxacin) used for?
Avelox® is commonly used for treating different types of bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, lungs, or stomach. It is also used to treat and prevent plague.
Avelox® should be used only for infections that cannot be treated with a safer antibiotic.
How should I take Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
- Avelox® tablet is taken by mouth, with or without food.
- Avelox® intravenous solution is given by a healthcare provider.
How do I store Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Avelox® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Avelox® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Avelox® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Avelox® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with Avelox® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.
It is not sure that whether Avelox® is penetrated into human milk. However, there are some studies in rats show that Avelox® may be excreted in human milk.
What side effects can occur from Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Avelox® may cause these side effects, such as:
- Signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats.
- Sudden pain, snapping or popping sound, bruising, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of movement in any of your joints.
- Diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
- Confusion, hallucinations, depression, insomnia or nightmares.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Avelox® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with Avelox® (Moxifloxacin):
- Blood thinners (such as acenocoumarol, warfarin);
- The heart rhythm (including amiodarone, dofetilide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, ziprasidone, among others).
Does food or alcohol interact with Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Avelox® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Avelox® (Moxifloxacin)?
Avelox® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:
- Certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG);
- Joint/tendon problems (such as tendonitis, bursitis);
- Liver disease, myasthenia gravis, nerve problems such as peripheral neuropathy;
- Seizure disorder, conditions that increase your risk of seizures such as brain/head injury, brain tumors, cerebral atherosclerosis.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
What is the dose of Avelox® (Moxifloxacin) for an adult?
Acute bacterial sinusitis:
400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 5-10 days.
400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 7-14 days.
Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis:
Indicated for acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis caused by bacterial infections.
400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 5 days.
Skin structure infections:
- Uncomplicated: 400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 7 days.
- Complicated: 400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 7-21 days.
Complicated: 400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 5-14 days.
Pneumonic & septicemic plague:
- Indicated in adults for the treatment of plague, including pneumonic and septicemic plague, caused by susceptible isolates of Yersinia pestis. It is also indicated for prophylaxis of plague in adults.
- 400 mg by oral route and intravenous injection each day, for 10-14 days.
- Begin administration as soon as possible after suspected or confirmed exposure to Yersinia pestis.
What is the dose of Avelox® (Moxifloxacin) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients under 18 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Avelox® (Moxifloxacin) available?
Avelox® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Avelox® tablets 400 mg moxifloxacin.
- Avelox® intravenous solution 250 ml.
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Avelox®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: November 19, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017