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Avelox in NaCl (Iso-osmotic)
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Moxifloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

 
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Avelox in NaCl (Iso-osmotic)

Uses
Moxifloxacin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called quinolone antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Notes
  • This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in those cases.Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., blood counts, cultures) should be performed regularly to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not refrigerate.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • This medication is given by vein over 1 hour, usually once daily (24 hours apart) or as directed by your doctor.
  • The length of treatment depends on your medical condition and response to therapy.This medication should not be mixed with other injectable medications.
  • This medication is normally yellow.
  • Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration.
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Therefore, give this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
  • Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.If you are taking this medication at home, learn how to store and discard needles and medical supplies safely.

Side Effects
  • Dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, headache, trouble sleeping, or redness/irritation/pain at the injection site may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: weakness, severe dizziness, shaking (tremor), swelling of the arms/legs, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, depression, rare thoughts of suicide).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: stomach pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, easy bleeding/bruising, new signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures.This medication may rarely cause tendon damage (e.g., tendonitis, tendon rupture).
  • Seek immediate medical attention, rest, and stop exercising if you develop joint/muscle/tendon pain or swelling.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a type of resistant bacteria.
  • This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks after treatment has stopped.
  • Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection).
  • Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking moxifloxacin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other quinolones such as ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, or levofloxacin; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain heart rhythm disorder (QTc prolongation), untreated low blood potassium levels.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain heart conditions (e.g., acute myocardial ischemia, cardiac arrhythmias, bradycardia), seizures, brain disorders (e.g., cerebral atherosclerosis, tumors, increased intracranial pressure), severe liver disease, joint/tendon problems (e.g., tendonitis, bursitis).This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.While using this drug, the elderly may be at greater risk for side effects such as tendon problems, especially if they are also taking corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, hydrocortisone).This medication is not recommended for use in children less than 18 years of age.
  • Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its possible side effects (e.g., joint/tendon problems).
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with the doctor.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it.
  • Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, hydrocortisone), live vaccines, macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen), "water pills" (diuretics such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide).Other drugs besides moxifloxacin which may affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation in the EKG) include amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, quinidine, sotalol, procainamide, and sparfloxacin, among others.
  • QTc prolongation can infrequently result in serious, rarely fatal irregular heartbeats.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details and for instructions on how you may lower your risk of this effect.Also, report the use of drugs which might increase seizure risk (decrease seizure threshold) when combined with moxifloxacin, such as phenothiazines (e.g., thioridazine), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), isoniazid (INH), and theophylline, among others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.

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