Moxifloxacin (By mouth)
Treats infections. This medicine is a quinolone antibiotic.
Antibiotic (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Moxifloxacin belongs to the class of medicines known as quinolone antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Take this medicine as directed and take it at the same time each day.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not split, crush or chew it.
Drink plenty of fluids while you are being treated with this medicine.
Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines and foods can affect how moxifloxacin works. Tell your doctor if you are using the following:Blood thinner (such as warfarin) Insulin or other diabetes medicines Medicine for depression or mental illness Medicine for heart rhythm problems (such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone, sotalol) Steroid medicine (such as hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisone) Arsenic, cisapride, erythromycin
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to moxifloxacin or other quinolone antibiotics.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, myasthenia gravis, or a history of heart rhythm problems (such as prolonged QT interval) or seizures. Tell your doctor if you have ever had tendon or joint problems, including rheumatoid arthritis, or if you have received a transplant.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Tendinitis and tendon rupture (may happen after treatment ends) Heart rhythm changes Nerve damage in the arms or legs Changes in blood sugar levels
This medicine may make you dizzy or lightheaded. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate
Chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeat
Diarrhea that may contain blood
Fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness
Numbness, tingling, weakness, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
Seizures, severe headache, unusual thoughts or behaviors, trouble sleeping, confusion
Shaking, trembling, sweating, fast or pounding heartbeat, faintness or lightheadedness, hunger, confusion
Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild diarrhea or nausea
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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