The need-to-know information about Moxifloxacin (Avelox)Moxifloxacin
Pearls and fun nuggets
1. It treats a lot, but it shouldn’t be your first choice ☝The European Medicines Agency has advised that for pneumonia, acute bacterial sinusitis, and acute exacerbations of COPD, it should only be used when other antibiotics are inappropriate.
2. Moxifloxacin increases the risk of tendon ruptures 😳 The U.S. label does not contain restrictions similar to the European label, but a carries a “black box” warning of the risk of tendon damage and/or rupture and warnings regarding the risk of irreversible peripheral neuropathy.
3. Moxifloxacin penetrates deep 🎯 The CSF penetration of moxifloxacin is 70% to 80% in patients with meningitis.
“Unfortunately…..I get pneumonia several times a year….and this drug works!!! The side affects are very harsh…..but….again…it works.”
“I had a strange skin infection in my earlobe– it was swollen, red, hot, and incredibly painful. I was first prescribed a different anti-biotic that did not help and in fact made the infection grow in size. After just 24 hours my ear was less swollen and my symptoms have only improved. I am not finished with the prescription yet but it is so great to finally have some relief.”
“I had shortness of breath and chest pains right side, doctor sent for X-rays. Called next day and told me I had pneumonia of left lung. It’s been 5 days now and I slept throughout the night yesterday for 1st time in a week, chest pains still there but less intense. After 10 days on medicine I am going back for X-rays. So far so good.”
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