Iquix Warnings and Precautions
Although rare, severe allergic reactions to Iquix are possible, signs of which include difficulty breathing, wheezing, and tightness in the throat. If you are allergic to oral fluoroquinolones, you may not be able to use this eye drop. Precautions and warnings with Iquix also apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and to people who wear contact lenses.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Iquix® (levofloxacin ophthalmic solution) if you have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With IquixSome warnings and precautions to be aware of include the following:
- Iquix does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms may occur with long-term Iquix use, leading to a second infection, such as a fungal infection. If your eye infection seems to worsen or has not gotten better within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- In rare cases, some people may experience severe allergic reactions to fluoroquinolones such as Iquix. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- Any rash or hives
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Throat tightness
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have a corneal ulcer. Ask your healthcare provider when you can start wearing contacts again.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as the ones that may occur with a corneal ulcer, can spread easily. To help limit spread of the infection, do not touch the tip of the Iquix container to your eye. Also, make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
- Iquix is unlikely to react with other medications (see Iquix Drug Interactions).
- Iquix is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Iquix and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if this medicine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to start, check with your healthcare provider before using Iquix (see Iquix and Breastfeeding).