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Besivance is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial eye infections. It contains active ingredient called Besifloxacin. Besifloxacin belongs to a class of drugs known as quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Besifloxacin treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections (such as infections caused by viruses, fungi, mycobacteria).
Uses and Dosage
To use Besivance ophthalmic suspension 0.6%, ensure that you follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. Besivance is for use in the eye(s) only and is available only with a doctor's prescription. Remove any contact lenses before using the medication and wait for at least 15 minutes after applying the eye drops before reinserting them.
The usual dose is one drop in the affected eye(s) twice a day, approximately 6 to 12 hours apart, for 7 days. Complete the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve after a few days of using the medication.
Besivance is only used for treating bacterial eye infections and not for other types of eye infections. If you experience any adverse effects or allergic reactions while using Besivance, discontinue usage and contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Common Side Effects of Besivance (Besifloxacin):
- Temporary eye redness
- Mild itching
- Mild eye discomfort
- Temporary blurred vision
Serious Side Effects of Besivance (Besifloxacin):
- Eye pain
- Eye swelling
- Vision changes
- Unusual eye discharge
- Fever or other signs of infection
Form and Strength
Besivance (Besifloxacin) is available in the following forms and strength:
- To avoid contamination of the bottle tip, do not touch the bottle tip with material from your eye, your fingers or other source. Wash hands thoroughly before using Besivance.
- Contact lenses should be removed before applying Besivance and should not be reinserted for at least 15 minutes after applying the eye drops.
- Before each use, turn the Besivance bottle upside down and shake once. While upside down, remove cap, tilt head back and gently squeeze bottle to put in one drop into the affected eye(s).
- The most common side effect reported in clinical studies was eye redness in approximately 2% of patients. Other side effects reported in approximately 1-2% of patients were blurred vision, eye pain, eye irritation, itchy eye, and headache.
- Safety and effectiveness in infants below one year of age have not been established.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take Besivance to work?
This type of ophthalmic medication may start to work 12 hours after it has been instilled. It may take days to a few weeks before your infection resolves.
How long should I use Besivance?
Your physician may advise you to regularly use this eye suspension for two to three weeks. This will depend mostly on the type of bacteria you have.
Can Besivance be used for other types of eye infections?
No, Besivance is only intended for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis and should not be used for other types of infections, such as those caused by viruses, fungi, or mycobacteria.
It's important to purchase Besivance from verified Canadian pharmacy.