Iquix is a medication prescribed in the treatment of corneal ulcers. As an antibiotic, it works by blocking an enzyme bacteria need to make DNA, which causes the bacteria to die. The eye drop is applied several times a day, and while most people tolerate it well, side effects are possible. Common ones include blurred vision, headaches, and diarrhea.
Iquix® (levofloxacin ophthalmic solution) is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat corneal ulcers. It belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short.
Iquix is made by Santen Oy for VISTAKON® Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Iquix works by blocking a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. Bacteria need this enzyme to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply. Iquix will not work against viruses.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Iquix include the following:
- Iquix comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally dosed several times a day. Make sure you know your individual instructions for using this medicine.
- Many eye infections can spread easily. To help prevent spread of infection, try not to touch your eye while using this medicine, wash your hands thoroughly before and after use, and avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including your eye or hands.
- You should not wear contact lenses while using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may wear contacts again.
- Iquix should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
- Make sure to dispose of this medication after you finish treatment. Do not save it for later use.
- You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting treatment. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish your full course. If you stop Iquix too soon, your infection may not be cured, and antibiotic resistance may develop.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.