Vigamox (moxifloxacin) is an ophthalmic solution that is used to treat bacterial infections in the eye(s). It is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that works by blocking the bacteria’s ability to replicate and repair itself. Vigamox is typically used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis, which is an infection of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the white part of the eye.
Uses and Dosage
Vigamox eye drops are a type of antibiotic medication that is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, specifically bacterial conjunctivitis, or pink eye. To use Vigamox eye drops, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Shake the Vigamox eye drops gently to make sure the liquid is well-mixed.
- Tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling.
- With a clean finger, gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the Vigamox eye drop bottle over your eye, making sure that the dropper tip is not touching your eye, eyelid, eyelashes, or any other surface.
- Squeeze one drop into the pocket you created in your lower eyelid.
- Close your eyes gently and press your finger lightly against the inner corner of your eye (near your nose) for 1-2 minutes. This helps to prevent the medication from flowing into your tear duct, which can cause side effects and reduce its effectiveness.
- Repeat steps 4-7 with your other eye if needed.
- Replace the cap on the Vigamox eye drop bottle and store it in a cool, dry place.
Use Vigamox eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. Finish the full course of treatment even if your symptoms improve, and do not share your medication with others as this may lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Common Side Effects of Vigamox (Moxifloxacin):
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Watery eyes (tearing)
Serious Side Effects of Vigamox (Moxifloxacin):
- Middle ear infection
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Form and strength
Vigamox (Moxifloxacin) is available in the following forms and strength:
Vigamox: Eye drops
Moxifloxacin: Eye drops
- Vigamox is only for use in the eye and should not be taken orally or applied to the skin.
- Allergic reactions to Vigamox may occur. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Treatment with Vigamox may increase the risk of getting a new infection.
- Contact lenses should not be worn while using Vigamox and for at least 15 minutes after using it, as the medication may affect the lenses.
- Caution should be exercised when administering Vigamox to nursing mothers.
- Vigamox may cause blurred vision or other visual disturbances. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until your vision clears.
- Use of moxifloxacin for prolonged periods may increase the risk of severe inflammation of the cornea of the eye.
- Use of moxifloxacin ophthalmic drops has been associated with an increased risk of retinal detachment and vision loss in certain individuals. These include older patients, patients with myopia, patients with previous cataract surgery, and patients with certain medical problems.
- Vigamox may interact with other medications, supplements, and herbal products. Inform your healthcare provider of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Vigamox eye drops be used for viral conjunctivitis?
No, Vigamox eye drops are not effective against viral infections such as viral conjunctivitis. They are only effective against bacterial infections.
Can I wear contact lenses while using Vigamox eye drops?
You should not wear contact lenses while using Vigamox eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the medication before putting your contact lenses back in.
How should I store Vigamox eye drops?
Store Vigamox eye drops at room temperature and away from light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Can I use Vigamox eye drops for other types of eye infections?
Vigamox eye drops are specifically approved for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis and should not be used for other types of eye infections without first consulting your doctor.