If you have conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), a healthcare provider may prescribe Moxeza. The antibiotic comes in the form of an eye drop and works by killing bacteria that cause the infection. Although most people tolerate this medication well, it may not be suitable for people with certain allergies or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Common side effects may include fever and eye irritation.
What Is Moxeza?Moxeza™ (moxifloxacin eye drops) is a prescription medication approved for treating bacterial conjunctivitis, commonly called "pink eye." It is similar to Vigamox®, an older version of the same medication. However, Moxeza is formulated differently and only has to be used twice a day (Vigamox is typically used three times a day).
Who Makes This Medication?Moxeza is manufactured by Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
How Does Moxeza Work?The active ingredient in Moxeza is moxifloxacin. Moxifloxacin belongs to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, also known as "quinolones."
Like other fluoroquinolones, moxifloxacin kills certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this 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.
When and How to Use MoxezaSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Moxeza include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used in the affected eye(s) twice daily for seven days.
- It is important to keep the Moxeza bottle free from contamination to help prevent further infection. Do not allow the applicator tip to touch any surface, including your fingers or eyes.
- You should not wear contact lenses while using this medication, as it is advised not to wear contacts while you have an eye infection. Ask your healthcare provider when you may wear contacts again.
- 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 the full course of this medicine. Stopping it too soon may cause your symptoms to return or the bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.
- For Moxeza to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.