Moxeza Uses

As an antibiotic, Moxeza helps treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") that is caused by bacteria. It works to treat this eye infection by interfering with bacteria's ability to multiply. Children as young as four months old can use Moxeza. Some "off-label" (unapproved) uses of this medicine include treating other types of bacterial eye infections or preventing an eye infection following an eye surgery.

What Is Moxeza Used For?

Moxeza™ (moxifloxacin eye drops) is an antibiotic eye drop used for treating bacterial "pink eye" infections. The medical term for pink eye is conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin piece of tissue that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids). When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed, it looks pink or red from a distance.
There are many possible causes of conjunctivitis. The most common cause is an infection, which can be either viral (known as viral conjunctivitis) or bacterial (known as bacterial conjunctivitis). Allergic reactions (known as allergic conjunctivitis) or something that irritates the eye, such as an eyelash, can also cause the conjunctiva to become inflamed.
Because Moxeza is an antibiotic, it will only treat bacterial conjunctivitis. It will not cure a viral eye infection or eye redness due to other causes.

How Does Moxeza Work?

Moxeza belongs to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, also known as "quinolones." These medications work by interfering with bacterial enzymes called DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV. Bacteria need these enzymes to make DNA, which is essential for the bacteria to multiply.

Can Children Use It?

This product is approved for treating bacterial pink eye in children as young as four months old. This is different from the other form of moxifloxacin eye drops (Vigamox®), which is approved for use in children as young as one year old. Other quinolone drugs when taken by mouth have been linked to joint problems in children, but such problems have not been seen with Moxeza.

Moxeza Medication Information

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