About moxifloxacin for eye infections
|Type of medicine||Antibacterial eye preparation|
|Used for||Eye infections|
|Available as||Eye drops|
Moxifloxacin eye drops are used to treat bacterial eye infections. Moxifloxacin works by helping to kill the bacteria which are causing the infection.
Eye infections are a common cause of conjunctivitis. In conjunctivitis, your eye becomes inflamed, feels gritty, and may water more than usual. The white of your eye may look red, and your eyelids may become swollen and stuck together with a discharge when you wake up in the morning. Only one eye may be infected to begin with, but it often spreads to both eyes. Most cases of infective conjunctivitis clear within a week or so without treatment. For more severe infections, or for infections which do not clear on their own, an antibiotic eye drop such as moxifloxacin is used.
Before using moxifloxacin eye drops
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using moxifloxacin it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to moxifloxacin or any other antibiotic, or to any other eye drops.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use moxifloxacin eye drops
Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the drops you have been given, and a full list of possible side-effects from using them. If your eyes have an obvious discharge or 'crust', it can help if you bathe them with cool clean water before using moxifloxacin.
- Wash your hands well.
- Remove the cap from the bottle.
- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye out to form a pocket.
- Hold the bottle upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
- Gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop into your eye.
- Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
- Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been asked to use the drops in both eyes.
- Replace the cap.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Use these drops three times a day. Try not to miss any doses. If you forget to put the drops in on time, do it as soon as you remember.
- When you first put the drop into your eye, it may cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear, but make sure you can see clearly before you drive or use machines or tools.
- After using these drops for five days your symptoms should be much improved. Continue to use the drops for a further two days to make sure the infection does not return. If your infection is no better after using the drops for five days, make another appointment to see your doctor for advice.
- If your symptoms become worse while you are using moxifloxacin, you should arrange to see your doctor for advice straightaway. In particular, see your doctor again if your eye becomes painful, if light starts to hurt your eyes, or if your sight is affected.
- Take care to avoid spreading the infection from one eye to the other, and to other members of your family. Washing your hands regularly (particularly after touching your eyes), and not sharing towels or pillows will help prevent the infection from spreading.
- Eye infections can cause your eyes to become more sensitive to sunlight than usual. Wearing sunglasses may help to prevent this.
- Do not wear contact lenses until your symptoms have completely gone. Wait for 24 hours after the last dose of eye drops before using your lenses again.
- If you are using any other eye drops or eye ointments, leave at least five minutes between applying each preparation.
Can moxifloxacin eye drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common moxifloxacin eye drop side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who use these drops||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Dry eyes, pain, irritation or itching, redness||If any of these continues or becomes troublesome, speak with your doctor|
|An unusual taste in your mouth||Pressing gently where the corner of your eye meets your nose straight after you have used the drops may help to reduce this|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these eye drops, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store moxifloxacin eye drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- Throw away the bottle of eye drops after you have finished the course of treatment, even if there is some left. Never keep opened bottles of eye drops to use later.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Moxivig® 0.5% w/v Eye Drops Solution; Manufacturer's PIL, Moxivig® 0.5% w/v Eye Drops Solution, Alcon Laboratories (U.K) Limited, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated March 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr Hannah Gronow|
|Last Checked: 18/04/2012||Document ID: 13870 Version: 1||© EMIS|
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