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Drug Information For:

VIGAMOX 0.5% OPHTH SOLUTION 3ML

Ingredient Name:

MOXIFLOXACIN (MOX-i-FLOX-a-sin)

Drug Manufacturer:

ALCON VISION

Common Uses:

This medicine is a quinolone antibiotic used to treat eye infections.

Before Using This Medicine:

INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking other antibiotics, or using other eye medicines. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you use contact lenses. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you are allergic to quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about using this medicine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. TO USE THIS MEDICINE, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and, with your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the prescribed number of drops of medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Do not blink and keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Do not rub the eye. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure, unless you have recently had eye surgery. This will prevent the medicine from draining away from the eye. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. TO PREVENT GERMS from entering your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface including your eye. Do not rinse the dropper. If you are using other kinds of eye drops wait at least five minutes before applying the other medicines. DO NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES while you are using this medicine. Sterilize contact lenses according to the manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them. STORE THIS MEDICINE at either room temperature or in the refrigerator between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container away from heat, light, and moisture. DO NOT FREEZE. Discard the solution if it changes color, turns cloudy, or if it contains particles. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue using this medicine for the full course of treatment even if your symptoms disappear in a few days. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Cautions:

DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it, to any ingredient in this product, or to another quinolone antibiotic (eg, ciprofloxacin). THIS MEDICINE IS FOR THE EYE. Do not get it in your nose or mouth. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE or if they become worse, check with your doctor. BE SURE TO USE THIS MEDICINE for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future. USE OF THIS MEDICINE FOR PROLONGED or repeated periods of time may result in a secondary infection. Contact your doctor for more information. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible Side Effects:

SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include increased tearing or itchiness, irritation, dryness, or redness of the eye. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience decreased vision; ear pain; eye pain; fainting; fever; severe or persistent eye redness, itching, or irritation; shortness of breath; or sore throat. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Overdose:

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Additional Information:

DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.

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