Avelox is a medication that was approved by FDA in the year 1999 for the treatment of bacterial infections that occur in the eyes. Moxifloxacin or its brand Avelox is manufactured by Alcon and developed by Bayer AG.

Belonging to a group of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, avelox works by preventing the production of proteins which is essential for the survival of bacteria. It inhibits an enzyme called DNA-gyrase to terminate the bacteria from developing.

Medical Uses

Avelox is licensed in the US for the treatment of bacterial sinusitis, acquired pneumonia, complicated skin and intra-abdominal infections.

Avelox is mainly used in the treatment of conjunctivitis, which is the inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the white part and inner surface of the eyelids. Though it is a common problem it should be treated immediately as it is highly contagious. The infection mostly starts with one eye and then spreads onto the other.

Avelox is also prescribed to help in the treatment of sinus and pneumonia.

Dosage and Administration

Avelox comes in dosage strength of 400 mg. It can be used by adults of all ages but when it is used by children there are certain limitations. For instance, they should have completed a year to avail this as eye drops. The drops have to be applied three times a day for about a week for best results.

Adults taking Avelox tablets to treat their infection are supposed to take it once a day with or without food. Usually 400mg of Avelox is prescribed to be taken for 1 to 3 weeks.

What to do in case of missed dose and overdose?

Try not to make up for the missed dose by taking two tablets at once. Contact the poison control center by dialing 1-800-222-1222 as soon as overdose symptoms are seen.

Side Effects

The side effects that occur while using Avelox should be treated to avoid unwanted consequences. The most common side effects are:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Burning or stinging sensation

There are also side effects that must be consulted by a physician immediately. They are rashes near eye, swelling of face or tongue, trouble in breathing and dizziness.

Use of Avelox may worsen your condition if you have diabetes, liver disease, nerve problems, brain tumors and arthritis.

What drugs interact with avelox?

The medicine is found to interact with the following medications

  • Erythromycin
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Blood thinners and medicines that are used to control heart rate
  • It is also interactive when taken together with other eye drops and antibiotics.

So it is better to inform the physician about his medical history so that it will be easy for the doctor to prescribe avelox in the dosage strengths.


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