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Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride, Sodium Chloride Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

MOXIFLOXACIN (mox i FLOX a sin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care provider in a hospital or clinic.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

-breathing problems

-confusion, nightmares, or hallucinations

-fast, irregular heartbeat

-feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

-joint, muscle, or tendon pain or swelling

-pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

-persistent headache with or without blurred vision

-redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

-seizures

-trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

-unusual weakness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

-diarrhea

-dry mouth

-headache

-pain or irritation at site where injected

-stomach upset, nausea

-trouble sleeping

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • arsenic trioxide

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • droperidol

  • halofantrine

  • pentamidine

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • pimozide

  • some medications for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, ibutilide, quinidine, procainamide, sotalol

  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • erythromycin

  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances

  • NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen

  • warfarin

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-bone problems

-cerebral disease

-joint problems

-irregular heartbeat

-liver disease

-myasthenia gravis

-seizure disorder

-tendon problems

-an unusual or allergic reaction to moxifloxacin, other quinolone antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

-pregnant or try to get pregnant

-breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.

If you have diabetes, monitor your blood glucose carefully while on this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 1/4/2013
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