How it works
Moxifloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. It kills a wide range of infection causing bacteria both gram positive and gram negative (broad spectrum). It acts by inhibiting enzymes (DNA gyrase and topoisomerase IV) involved in DNA processes that are essential for bacterial growth and survival thereby killing the bacteria.
Common side effects
indigestion, nausea, breathlessness, swelling of eyes and lips ., abnormal blood counts, cardiac complications characterized by an abnormal ECG in individuals with low levels of potassium, taste disorders, Severe infections due to resistant bacteria or fungi, constipation, loss of appetite, increase in enzymes called transaminases, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, stomach upset and pain, confusion and disorientation, headache, palpitations, severe life-threatening allergy
Do consult your doctor before taking moxifloxacin, if you are pregnant or planning of becoming pregnant.
- Do not crush, break or chew moxifloxacin tablets.
- Stop taking moxifloxacin and call your doctor at once if you have sudden pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints, especially in your ankle.
- Do not breast feed your baby while taking this medication.
- Wash your hands before using the eye drops, keep the dropper tip clean.
- Do not touch the eyelids or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the eye drop bottle to avoid contamination. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is moxifloxacin / Moxicip safe?
Yes. Moxifloxacin (also available as Moxicip) is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is moxifloxacin safe in pregnancy?
There are no adequate studies of moxifloxacin in pregnant women. Moxifloxacin may be used in pregnant women only if benefit outweighs risk. Please follow the advice of your doctor regarding its use if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Q. Is moxifloxacin an antibiotic/ penicillin drug?
Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of drugs called fluoroquinolone antibiotics and kills a wide range of infection causing bacteria. It does not have chemical structure or effects similar to steroids. The chemical structure and mechanism of action of moxifloxacin is different from penicillin drugs.
Q. Is moxifloxacin strong?
Moxifloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic, effective in killing a wide range of bacteria and can be used against a variety of infections (infections of sinuses, airways, lungs, genital tract, abdominal infections, and infections of skin and eye). It is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is moxifloxacin stronger than amoxicillin?
Moxifloxacin and amoxicillin are two different antibiotics effective against a wide range of infection causing bacteria and have different mechanisms of action. A comparison between moxifloxacin and amoxicillin cannot be drawn.