Avelox is an antibiotic meant to treat different types of bacterial infections. It belongs to the fluoroquinolones category of antibiotic drugs. It is meant to treat bacterial infections specifically and is not meant to treat viral infections. It cures bacterial infection by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria.
Forms of Avelox:
- Film- coated tablets– which contains moxifloxacin hydrochloride equivalent to 400 mg moxifloxacin.
- 2. Solution for IV use– is yellow in appearance which is not indicative of product stability.
Avelox is a synthetic broad spectrum antibacterial agent which can be administered to patients both orally and intravenously.
As with other drugs, this medicine should only be taken as per the prescription and any modifications in the dosage should be done only under medical supervision. While on this medication a lot of fluids should be consumed. Avelox should be taken with at least 8 ounces of water. The drug should be taken at the same time each day. It can be taken either empty stomach or full stomach, that is not a constraint.
In case of missed dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However if it’s the time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose. However, skipping of doses might increase the infection further and that may be resistant to antibiotics. By no means take extra medicine to cover up the missed dose. And in case of over dosage, seek medical help immediately. Tremors, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures are all symptoms of overdose.
Avelox should be stored at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
- Avelox’s affect may be minimized if taken within a time frame of 4 hours after and 8 hours before taking any of the following drugs:
- Magnesium or aluminum containing antacids
- Ulcer medicines like sucralfate
- Chewable tablets or didanosine powder
- Iron or zinc comprising vitamin or mineral supplements.
- Exposure to sunlight or tanning beds should be avoided, as Avelox might cause skin burning, redness and itching, rash, swelling or other irritations on exposure to sunlight. It is always advisable to wear protective clothing along with a sunscreen of SPF 30 and above before moving out in sun.
- Diarrhea as an after effect of Avelox administration might be an indication of another infection. A watery or bloody diarrhea should not be ignored, especially if it happens after taking Avelox. The practitioner should be immediately informed and Avelox should be stopped at once.
- This medicine belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. So the effects on unborn and nursing babies are not known. Hence if you are planning pregnancy or already pregnant, the doctor should be consulted and only if prescribed, Avelox should be taken not otherwise.
- Though rare but there have been certain cases where Avelox was known to cause impairment of thoughts and reactions. Hence activities like driving, which require being attentive, should be avoided after taking this drug.